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  1. Thread: Roger Scatcherd

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    I found something a bit unpleasant about the...

    I found something a bit unpleasant about the story in the end. Introducing a character just so he can die young and leave a lot of money to the heroine is not a particularly pleasant plot device. Sir...
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    I have read that Pierre Coustillas hated Paul...

    I have read that Pierre Coustillas hated Paul Delaney's biography, and wrote that there was no evidence that Gissing had syphilis.
  3. Thread: Clara Collet

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    Clara Collet was a very good friend to George...

    Clara Collet was a very good friend to George Gissing. She offered to be financially responsible for his sons if he died. She was not related to them and she was unmarried herself, so that was...
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    Yes, there are only two types of people in the...

    Yes, there are only two types of people in the world:those who have read James Joyce's Ullyses and other people. I would hate to be one of those other people.
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    I have finished it and I do feel different. I...

    I have finished it and I do feel different. I feel smug. Just don't test me on it.
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    I think some of that is printed on the cover of...

    I think some of that is printed on the cover of my copy of the book. Thirty pages into her soliloquy and she's drawn breath once.
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    I am trying to remember whether the Romans used...

    I am trying to remember whether the Romans used punctuation. I don't think they did. I read somewhere that punctuation is actually an Irish invention. Perhaps Molly Bloom's lack of punctuation is a...
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    I noticed all the Latin, and all the other...

    I noticed all the Latin, and all the other foreign language, has dried up in the previous 100 pages or so. Now I have got to last 50 pages, Molly Bloom's bit, I don't suppose there will be any more,...
  9. Thread: Bloomsday

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    I think Leopold Bloom must have taken the day off...

    I think Leopold Bloom must have taken the day off or pulled a sickie. Perhaps he did the next day too. I did not think people had much holiday or sick days back then. Stephen Deduaus may have gone...
  10. Thread: Bloomsday

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    I assume it was an Irish pub.

    I assume it was an Irish pub.
  11. Thread: Bloomsday

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    Bloomsday

    Bloomsday, June 16, 1904, was on a Thursday. I was a bit surprised about that. I would have thought it was a Friday. They did not do much work and they went drinking and to the red light area before...
  12. What diseases could doctors cure in the 19th century?

    I have reached the chapter in which Lady Arabella is sick. She had fallen out with Dr Thorne, so she started using Dr Fillgrave. That made me start wondering what sorts of serious disease a skilled...
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    I have been wondering how bad a whipping like...

    I have been wondering how bad a whipping like that would be. The book says the whip was the heaviest Frank could find. From dim memories of watching Roots, whips would take the skin off your back....
  14. Thread: Clara Collet

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    Clara Collet

    I am reading a biography of Clara Collet, who I read about first in a biography of George Gissing. She was a very good friend to him and his family. She sounds like an extraordinary woman in her own...
  15. I will have to read Clarissa one day, but it...

    I will have to read Clarissa one day, but it won't be this year.

    Squire Western would have had very firms views regarding his daughter's virginity, but many of the other female characters were not...
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    Frank Gresham vs Mr Moffatt.

    I am not sure I like this Frank Gresham. I let ride him calling Mr Moffatt a muff for saying he would vote to let Jews stand for parliament. SPOILER However the violent act he commits on Mr Moffatt:...
  17. Thread: The election

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    The election

    The election chapter was quite interesting. It reminded me a bit of Middlemarch when Mr Brooke stood for parliament. Looks like electioneering tactics were even more underhand than they are now. What...
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    I thought Trübsal was the cow's name. We'd give cows names like Buttercup or Lily back before farming was industrialised.

    So that's two phrases translated, although they still do not make literal...
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    I thought Euters meant udder, but I did not know...

    I thought Euters meant udder, but I did not know what Trübsal meant.

    I looked up the Irish phrase using google translate. It means skenl inn ban a walking stick without a horse. So it does not...
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    As examples, there is a line on p555: ‘Per deam Partulam et Perundam nunc est bibendum!’
    There are also a couple of sentences of German on that page: ‘Deine Kuh Trübsal melkest Du. Nun Trinkst Du...
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    Irish is a pretty sounding language. Irish...

    Irish is a pretty sounding language. Irish schoolchildren in the south learn it, but it is not used in conversation much. The only time I remember hearing it spoken was when I was on a site visit to...
  22. Thread: Roger Scatcherd

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    Roger Scatcherd

    I am enjoying Doctor Thorne more than Barchester Towers or The Warden. It seems to operate a bit more in the area of books like Bleak House, North and South, and Middlemarch. It was a time when...
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    In this blog...

    In this blog, someone has replied that Pemberley was based on Chatsworth, which had 85,000 acres. £10,000 (Darcy's income) divided by 85,000 is 2 shillings, 4 pence an acre per year. That would mean...
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    All the Latin in Ulysses

    James Joyce was a talented linguist. I have read quotes of German (I think), Italian, Spanish and French; no Irish, slightly surprisingly, but lots of Latin. As it happens, I have been trying to...
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    Doctor Thorne - money matters

    There's a bit at the beginning of the book when one of Squire Gresham's tenant farmers says that after years of paying one pound 15 for some acres, he was surprised to be asked for 40 shillings. 40...
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