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Thursday, 16 June 2016

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Bellezza

I totally get the hate/violence despair; sometimes this fallen world seems absolutely crushing. Perhaps that is part of why we like to read so much? For a retreat, for history, for another resolution? It is for me, anyway.

I have begun La Regenta for Tom of Wuthering Expectations read along which happens to coincide, probably deliberately, with Spanish Lit Month. I love these summer months of European reading (Spanish in July, and hopefully Tamara's Paris in July). I would absolutely love your presence in the Japanese Literature Challenge should you be able to fit it in, but please, no pressure. xo

Helen

I think that's exactly why I read too - other ideas, other possibilities, other lives. And it's good to get away from the relentless misery of the news and remind myself that the world is also full of generous, imaginative people who create rather than tear down. Thank you for your kind words. :)

Stefanie

Sometimes it does all get to be too much. This week I have wanted more than ever to curl up in a cool dim room and pretend the world is far away.

Can't criticize the whole Brexit thing from this side of the pond. I figure if we have someone like Donald Trump running for president we have no right to poke others for their insanity.

What a relief though that Charlotte has been cleared of her alleged dress gaffe :)

Helen

Stefanie, I really feel bad for you all with Donald Trump. To be honest he is so awful I can't quite believe that he exists, he seems like a sort of unfiltered wiggy id.

I am sorry you've been having a bad time too, and I hope that you are feeling better. But you are right - let us rejoice that Charlotte has been exonerated and cling to such beams of light in a mad world. :)

Jenny @ Reading the End

Yeah, between Orlando here and Jo Cox over there, it's been an utter bitch of a week. Part of me wants to crawl under the covers and not emerge until the world has agreed to take a break from being insane.

I am glad to hear that Charlotte (maybe) didn't make a dress gaffe. I'm wondering if I can find the actual journal article explaining how the scholar knows Charlotte didn't wear the inappropriate dress. I'm not sure "wore an inappropriate dress to a different, previous event, and was horribly embarrassed by it" is actually a bar to the possibility that she made the same mistake again. Not wanting to make a mistake a second time does not actually preclude one from making the mistake, if one does not have a strong grasp on the principles behind avoiding it. Right?

Helen

Jenny, there is a link to the paper in Costume in the article - but good news, I read it properly to check that your very good questions were addressed, and I believe they are. In short, the author argues that the previous embarrassment was due to unforeseen circumstances (Charlotte had been expecting just to meet her publisher during business hours and was whisked off to the opera with no appropriate dress to change into), and that for this second visit to London during which the meetings with Thackeray took place Charlotte had a whole new wardrobe made, including a sable boa and a squirrel tippet. Jenny! A woman alive to the possibilities of a boa would surely not turn up to a dinner in a day dress! So she did understand the principles, hence her original shame. Finally, the only eye witness at the Thackeray dinner who mentions her dress at all doesn't mention that it is unsuitable but does say that it is green and made of barege, not blue and print.

Thus Jenny I feel confident that you can now join in the general rejoicing. :)

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