Remember the old writers' adage? Write Chapter One. Write Chapter Two. Throw away Chapter One. It's meant to keep writers from pouring all the background material, especially the characters' history, into a grand opening info dump. Apparently it's not as old an adage as we might think, because Morris clearly didn't follow it with this book!
Four chapters or so -- maybe more, maybe less -- are given over to the history of the Lady of Abundance, who by the way has no name. Talk about telling and not showing? The whole thing is done in her narration to Ralph, and I have to say it's pretty damn boring.
This interlude, however, serves to set up Ralph's decision to actively seek the Well at the World's End, which had only been a kind of thought in the back of his head prior to her tale.
The Lady of Abundance (also known as the Lady of the Dry Tree) isn't the only character without a name. We have various Knights of the Dry Tree, the Sorceress, the Knight of the Sun, and so on, which makes it difficult to tell who is who. The girl from Bourton Abbas, a place Ralph stopped at along the way, is now coming back into the story, but she was so unremarkable at her introduction that I don't remember anything about her. Now she's being brought back into the story as Dorothea. I may have to go back to the pages in Bourton Abbas to refresh my memory as to who she is.
Another difficulty in reading this book is that people and places change sides frequently. So Ralph meets people along the way who claim the village of Hampton under Scaur is a place of evil, but other people he meets say it is a haven for travelers. Some encourage him to seek refuge in Hampton, while others urge him to avoid it head instead for the Burg of the Four Friths. It's very confusing.
Like places, the people are confusing. Is Walter the Black a good guy or not? What about the Knight of the Sun? And who was the guy Ralph kept encountering with ominous comments like, "The first time"?
Also, a map would be helpful.
Brief update on me: I spent most of Friday and all of Saturday in bed, in excruciating pain with the back spasms. Big doses of ibruprofen helped only a little. Last night (Saturday) I was i such extreme pain that against my better judgment I broke out a 2013 prescription of Flexeril that I had got another time I had bad spasms. Though it didn't work at all that time, it worked last night and allowed me to sleep. I took another around 2:00 a.m. and slept off and on until 9:30. I'm laying off the Flexeril for now, and am still in pain but not quite so much.
The one thing I managed to get done this morning was change out all four tumbler barrels. One small batch of stones is now done -- there wasn't anything spectacular in that barrel -- and the other three are progressing. I would have liked to fill that fourth barrel with new stones, but the back just wouldn't let me.
BF is on his way home from umpiring another softball tournament and then I think we're going to the Asian buffet . . . if I can stay awake that long! I think I'm having a Flexeril flashback. . . . . . .
I saw an interview of the author on Betheney Frankel's old talk show and Maria was mentioning that she had been 40 lbs heavier at one time in her life and could eat half a pizza no problem. When I was younger I could do the same thing. Then she mentioned that she gave hints about how to start slowly changing your eating habits - one piece less, add a salad - sounded good. I read the introduction and this book was written for young people to grandparents. Well, it's mostly geared toward young people. My 19 year old daughter would probably like this in about 5 years.
So a lot of good hints from diet, organizing your clothes, business, chores, balancing work and home life, how to save money, how to work out effectively. Lots of great ideas but I feel for a younger person - 22 to 45 seems right.
I did my best to avoid it, but . . . .
Putting three bags of water softener salt into a grocery cart, then taking them out of the cart to put them in the car, then taking them from the car to the patio.
Carrying a 35 pound bag of dog food from the car to the kitchen.
Bringing a case of bottled water from the car to the studio.
I woke up this morning with back spasms. Had difficulty getting out of bed. Hot shower helped, but not much.
I would still be in bed, flat on my back, but supplier of Moby's anti-inflammatory meds screwed up the refill order and I had to get on the computer to dig up the original order and communications re the prescription.
All I want to do right now is lie down and for the pain to stop. I know it will eventually, but right now it's pretty terrible. And I can't go to bed until I get this mess cleared up with Moby's meds.
Oh, and the toilet leak started up again. It needs a new valve, which I bought yesterday but am not even going to try to install until I can move without screaming. At least the leak is way, way, way diminished from what it was, and even at its worst it wasn't terrible. It's more an annoyance than anything else.
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