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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....
  2. 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...
  3. 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:...
  5. 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...
  10. 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...
  14. Hester should be repenting, according to her...

    Hester should be repenting, according to her community.
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    I have been googling why Ulysses is good, and I...

    I have been googling why Ulysses is good, and I found this section:

    Ulysses, in other words, is a justification of the effort it takes to read Ulysses. Hence the overwhelming cult around it. Go...
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    I was understanding it, but now I'm not...

    I was understanding it, but now I'm not understanding it again. James Joyce seems to have changed the standard word order of grammatical English for some reason. Maybe he has borrowed the word order...
  17. According to the essay by D. H. Lawrence in the...

    According to the essay by D. H. Lawrence in the back of my copy, Pearl is the scarlet letter incarnate. She's bright, she's colourful, she's naughty, she's defiant. She's a constant reminder of her...
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    Hester's clothing

    Can't help wondering: did Hester Prynne have more than one dress?
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    The book is making more sense now. The writing...

    The book is making more sense now. The writing changes in style quite a bit. I enjoyed the pub scenes. The drinkers were talking nationalist politics, but reported in a satirical way by the narrator.
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    I thought Anthony Powell wrote great dialogue, if...

    I thought Anthony Powell wrote great dialogue, if you're into 1930's Oxbridge talk. George Gissing used to write long, two-handed confrontations. Elizabeth Gaskell used to be great at writing...
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    I am over a third the way through. It's more...

    I am over a third the way through. It's more verse than prose. My copy is 930 pages long, but I think you could just read ten pages of each 100, and you would not miss much. You would get 90% of the...
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    The punishment that the Puritans handed out to...

    The punishment that the Puritans handed out to Hester: was it legal? Wasn't Massachusetts a British colony at the time the story was set? I think in Mediaeval times women used to get fined if they...
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    Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary about the plague...

    Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary about the plague that broke out in London in 1665. Most people who could moved out of the city. He stuck it out and was lucky. iirc about a sixth of the population...
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    His death was reported at length here. Not a...

    His death was reported at length here. Not a massive fan of that era of music myself, but he was a proper rock and roll star.
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    I am not really enjoying or understanding that...

    I am not really enjoying or understanding that much, but it is the biggest beast out there that I have not read, possibly excepting War and Peace. When I have finished it I will mount its head on the...
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