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  1. Thread: Clerical pay

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    Clerical pay

    19th century economics often intrigues me. I often wonder how Anglican clergy were justified in being paid so much money. I do not think every Church of England vicar was paid much, but those in...
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    Things are not progressing as I expected, which...

    Things are not progressing as I expected, which is a good thing. The Low Church faction has fallen out with each other.
    This is quite a political book. There are not many political fiction books,...
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    The last film I saw at the cinema was Joker,...

    The last film I saw at the cinema was Joker, which was not bad, actually.
    The last film I saw was on YouTube was Dredd, the 2012 version. Not bad, not as good as Joker, but a lot better than the...
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    High church vs low church bust up

    Just started the second volume in which Mr Arabin, the new vicar, is introduced. Apparently he's a fire-eater, and so high church that he nearly became a Roman Catholic. I guess he is going to take...
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    There was another amusing aside where Trollope...

    There was another amusing aside where Trollope says you (the reader) and I hate Obidiah Slope, but not everyone (particularly the ladies) does.
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    Trollope's odd narrator interve ntions

    There's an odd bit in chapter 15. We are getting a little bit concerned about the fate of one of the more likeable characters. The author says to save the reader skipping ahead to the end of volume...
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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...
  11. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. I bet I can guess which part Brian Blessed played.

    I bet I can guess which part Brian Blessed played.
  19. 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...
  20. 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.
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. I read this essay...

    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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