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    Fanny Price's father

    I have read several Hornblower books recently. In Lieutenant Hornblower, C.S. Forester writes that a lieutenant earned about £100 a year, which is still more than most people, but pretty poor by...
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    I have a slight problem with 'substitute'. I...

    I have a slight problem with 'substitute'. I cannot remember when you substitute player X whether player X comes on or goes off. I suppose if player X is on the field and you bring on player Y, then...
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    [QUOTE=MANICHAEAN;1365711]Grab a chair Aunty. Are...

    [QUOTE=MANICHAEAN;1365711]Grab a chair Aunty. Are you comfortable? Then I will begin.

    16. “He passed away.” He kicked the bucket.

    People...
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    I have been reading Oscar Wilde's collected...

    I have been reading Oscar Wilde's collected plays. I read The Importance of Being Ernest and A Woman of No Importance as part of a YouTube and GoodReads readalong, but the book had all his other...
  5. Thread: Westerns

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    I have just ordered The Virginian. I understand...

    I have just ordered The Virginian. I understand that's a good one. According to Amazon it will take two weeks to arrive.
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    Depends how short you are talking about. In the...

    Depends how short you are talking about. In the late C19th literature was evolving pretty fast. The lending libraries that made money loaning out their three-decker tomes were losing sway. People...
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    Did Mr Jarndyce and Mrs Wodcourt do a deal?

    Did Mr Jarndyce come to some deal with Mrs Woodcourt? In one of John Sutherlans Puzzles of Victorian Literature books there is a chapter on what happened to Mrs Woodcourt. It looks like she was never...
  8. Thread: Westerns

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    Westerns

    Isn't it a bit odd that Westerns are so unfashionable these days? When I go into a bookshop I see Roman soldier books, naval warfare books from the age of sail, spy books, various crime and thriller...
  9. Sounds rather Brideshead Revisity. There seem to...

    Sounds rather Brideshead Revisity. There seem to be two types of university novel, at least as far as the British type goes:

    1) Languid, well-bred, young gentlemen, who speak archly to each other...
  10. My brother did not apply. He was possibly clever...

    My brother did not apply. He was possibly clever enough to go there, but you have to be very, very clever to go to either Oxford or Cambridge. I am not sure you had to be quite so clever to go there...
  11. I think universities were a bit different in the...

    I think universities were a bit different in the old days. Originally I think they wee an arm of the church, and one of their main functions was training priests. For centuries in this country there...
  12. I bet I can guess which part Brian Blessed played.

    I bet I can guess which part Brian Blessed played.
  13. Not sure what the situation was like in 1906, but...

    Not sure what the situation was like in 1906, but in my brother's final year at school in 1989, a pair of twins were offered places at Oxford University conditional on getting two D grades in their A...
  14. Someone else does not think Virginia Woolf (or D....

    Someone else does not think Virginia Woolf (or D. H. Lawrence) was much good....
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    Burmese Days by George Orwell.

    Burmese Days by George Orwell.
  16. I wonder whether anyone has to like it to be...

    I wonder whether anyone has to like it to be great literature. The only bit that made me laugh was when one of young ladies at the dinner party said she doubted anyone really enjoyed Shakespeare, and...
  17. I don't. I read lots of other books too. I think...

    I don't. I read lots of other books too. I think the BBC's 100 best British books is actually quite an interesting list, being British myself. I just have a problem with Virginia Woolf's books being...
  18. Gawd, The Waves is number 16 on the list. At...

    Gawd, The Waves is number 16 on the list. At least there are three books before it I have not read: The Good Soldier, Clarissa and Atonement. Clarissa is about ten thousand pages long, so I would not...
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    I read this essay again by Philip Hensher, in which he tears into Virginia Woolf. I noticed he said the works of George Meredith also make him want to vomit, with which I agree, having read The...
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    Duelling, horses and passports

    The copy of The Count of Monte Cristo that I read had no notes. I am not that bothered, but there were several things I kept wondering about:


    Quite a lot of duelling take place in French...
  21. Thread: revenge

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    revenge

    *** SPOILERS ***

    I thought it was clever the way the count repaid all his betrayers in their own coin.
    De Villefort, the state presector, was exposed as a criminal, and the father and husband of...
  22. Thread: Mercedes

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    Mercedes

    I can't help feeling the count was harsh on Mercedes. I expect she thought he was dead. You can't expect a young woman to grow old spend the rest of her life alone and in poverty just because her...
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    I am! John Clare I am yet what I am none...

    I am! John Clare


    I am yet what I am none cares or knows
    My friends forsake me like a memory lost
    I am the self consumer of my woes
    Which rise and vanish in oblivious host
    Like shades of love...
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    I can't think of too many revenge books. The only...

    I can't think of too many revenge books. The only other one is Wuthering Heights.
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    I think it's pretty clear in the English.

    I think it's pretty clear in the English.
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