It certainly is-
Our mailman never knocks.
And he's always late. I swear, I think the man takes breaks in between houses. He shuffles up to the door, sometimes when it's nearly dark, and at least once every two months leaves a letter that's meant for someone else on our street.
On Tuesday, he shuffled up to my next-door-neighbor's and left him my Time and Newsweek, which were returned to us the next day.
(I'd like to say I found toast crumbs on page four, but it would be a lie.)
Have fun with curry!
Oh, it's such a good curry house.
We're recognised now and treated as regulars. It's a good feeling.
One day you and Kate will eat with us there.
I'll join you in the petit-bourgeois codgerliness. The ONLY acceptable time for the post to come is clearly after one is awake but before one has left the house. How hard can it be?
I don't pay my taxes to be rudely awoken at......
Erm, except I don't actually pay any taxes....
Heh, me neither. Which makes petit-bourgeois griping a delicious affectation!
My husband keeps an abridged version of Udolpho in his bedside cabinet -- he says it's one of the world's great soporifics. I read it in the original some years ago when I had borrowing privileges at the University of Pennsylvania Library... I'm sorry to say I read it for plot. Perhaps I should go back and read some of it for landscape.
The abridged version is in a sampler volume that also contains a chunk of Walpole's Otranto, similar genre and similar time.
Udolfo has a plot?
So far it's just aimless wandering and gliding apparitions.
"one of the worlds great soporifics". Yes, I know exactly what he means.
"Oh, that dreadful black veil! Will the poor girl ever escape?"
Or aren't you there yet?
No, there's no black veil as yet.
Ooh good- something to look forward to!
If you will cast your mind back to Catherine Morland's reading of the book in Northanger Abbey, you will recall that Isabella Thorpe was telling her about the "black veil" sequence.
After Austen's treatment of it, I found the real thing to be a bit of an anticlimax, but I suppose it is something to look forward to.
It's a long time since I read Northanger Abbey. I must go look up the reference.
perhaps it is not so much saying something about
people which is a problem as what sort of thing
one says about them? I am thinking that Thomas Love
Peacock says a good deal about people in Crotchet
Castle or Headlong Hall or Nightmare Abbey etc
but one doesnt regret it.
Radcliffe's people (at least her heroes and heroines) are motivated by the purest ideals. They wander through sublime landscapes, thinking noble thoughts and indulging in elegant and improving conversation. They're kinda sweet- but not like anyone I know.
2005-03-19 10:53 am (UTC)
What got me was how often she fainted.
Just wait till you meet the uncle!
People used to faint a whole lot more than they do nowadays.
I remember being told that it had a lot to do with corsets.
2005-03-21 01:34 am (UTC)
Even by the standards of the time (and at this stage it probably would have been stays which were less restrictive) it's impressive!
I'm not sure I know the difference bewtween stays and corsets.
me neither. umm peacock for me!
It's ages since I read anything by Peacock. I guess I should look at him again.
a good deal is online and one can dip in...
well you now dont expect , I dont know what,
the psychology of a Dostoevsky or a Proust
but more like Wodehouse...