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  1. I'm in a Virginia Woolf phase. I've recently...

    I'm in a Virginia Woolf phase. I've recently re-read To the Lighthouse, Between the Acts Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and Flush. I've got Jacob's Room on the stocks. I'm not sure I like her, but I'm...
  2. It was Dickens' favourite as well. I get the...

    It was Dickens' favourite as well. I get the impression that it used to be thought Dickens' masterpiece - I had an uncle who was named David after the hero.

    Little Dorrit as good as Bleak...
  3. I notice the following from his profile: ...

    I notice the following from his profile:

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  4. Elizabeth Gaskell lived in Manchester. Dickens...

    Elizabeth Gaskell lived in Manchester. Dickens didn't know the city or area nearly as well as he knew London. As a evidence of what life was like for the industrial poor in Manchester, Mrs Gaskell...
  5. Ratcliffe Highway still exists, but the area is...

    Ratcliffe Highway still exists, but the area is very, very different. The pub was probably The Prospect of Whitby. Cher, of Sonny and Cher, had or possibly has a loft conversion nearby, which shows...
  6. It's made a difference to me. I read it in...

    It's made a difference to me. I read it in winter when the trees were bare. Once they came into leaf from mid April I've been identifying them, generally trees I've looked at for the last ten years...
  7. And there is a big difference between depression...

    And there is a big difference between depression and feeling sad or emotionally moved. I'd say depression means an inability not to feel and knowing misery as a result. I used to feel emotionally...
  8. Funny you should mention those precise three...

    Funny you should mention those precise three because I found them deeply depressing as well. Mind you I was reading The Riddle of the Sands (set just before the outbreak of World War 1) just after...
  9. Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish Bob Gilbert published Saraband.

    Bob’s wife is an Anglican parish priest in Poplar in the East End of London. Poplar is not the sort of area you associate with natural beauty: part of it is very rundown and some has been developed...
  10. Thank you Pompey. I agree about your comment...

    Thank you Pompey. I agree about your comment that because Hard Times is not set at all in London, it is not typical. One of the pleasures for me of reading Dickens and other classic novels is that...
  11. The answer to the question is Bleak House. It is...

    The answer to the question is Bleak House. It is the one I re-read when I was seriously ill. Esther on her own would be insufferable but there's so much more - Chesney Wold and the rain and the...
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    Nicd one Ecurb - ie the quote from that acute...

    Nicd one Ecurb - ie the quote from that acute vicar's daughter, Miss Austen.

    "I'm spiritual but not religious" implies to me lack of commitment to any specific tradition or community and probably...
  13. Olivia Manning - The Levant Trilogy - sequel to...

    Olivia Manning - The Levant Trilogy - sequel to The Balkan Trilogy. In the first three books the heroine and her impossible husband are in Romania at the start of World War 2 and escape to...
  14. There were lower clergy in Jane Austen’s day, she...

    There were lower clergy in Jane Austen’s day, she just doesn’t mention them. Henry Tilney has a curate to take the services while he is at Northanger. Henry Crawford is surprised Edmund is...
  15. There were English Jacobites and the Young...

    There were English Jacobites and the Young Pretender expected to rise joyfully in his support when he entered England. They didn't and having to as far as Derby decided to withdraw.
  16. The structure of Persuasion and the character of Mrs Smith

    Terrence (this is you)
    124 books | 5 friends
    see comment history I have just re-read Persuasion, and found myself choking as I read Captain Wentworth’s letter. It is rightly regarded as the most...
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    Like !
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    It occurs to me that there is a strong but not...

    It occurs to me that there is a strong but not immediately apparent connection between the hostility towards the play and the abolition of slavery. that is the evangelical movement as it effected...
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    Good luck, kev, and have fun. I’ve read all the Scott novels in my time and here is my tuppence worth.
    His first seven or so novels are set in Scotland at the periods of the social and political...
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    Lydia has become a “respectable” married woman. ...

    Lydia has become a “respectable” married woman. (There’s irony for you.) She is entertained in her parents’ home as a visitor. By contrast Maria is beyond the social pale and Mrs Norris expects...
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    Sir Thomas gives Maria the choice of not going...

    Sir Thomas gives Maria the choice of not going ahead with the marriage to Mr Rushworth, as he can see she would never respect him. She is so desperate to escape Mansfield Park and her father she is...
  22. I wouldn't say that of Benjamin Britten or...

    I wouldn't say that of Benjamin Britten or Verdi's Don Carlos or Mozart's three sex comedies. There's a cool irony in Cosi Fan Tutte of Figaro.

    For a child, the tale of Mozart's Magic Flute is a...
  23. There are very few operas that are not based on a...

    There are very few operas that are not based on a previous work, play, poem or story. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Verdi's Aida are exceptions.

    The bizarre story lines W S Gilbert provided for...
  24. Thanks for that, ecurb

    Thanks for that, ecurb
  25. The OED gives as the chief relevant definition of...

    The OED gives as the chief relevant definition of moor “Moor A piece of unenclosed waste ground; (now usually, esp. in Brit.) uncultivated ground covered with heather; a heath. Also: a tract of...
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