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text 2020-03-29 17:56
Reading progress update: I've read 100%. - that was fun - let's do it again.
The Case Is Closed - Patricia Wentworth

That was a fun read.

 

I really liked Hilary (although she shows poor taste in men). She made the book for me.

 

Henry... well it would be nice to think that his kind has become extinct but I doubt it. What turned me off most was that his starting point was disbelief. It so narcissistic that you want to send him for counselling or just slap him.

 

I thought some of the scenes - the one where Hilary goes to Henry for advice, the fog on the road, the confrontation in the Glasgow flat - were very well done.

 

The plot was clever enough to keep my interest.

 

Some of the exposition creaked and some of the repetition of data suggested that Wentworth assumed her reader's had very poor memories. 

 

Miss Silver seemed to be a deus ex machina who coughs a lot and likes to knit in public but I'm interested in seeing more of her.

 

I had a good time doing this. Shall we do another one next weekend?

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text 2020-03-29 17:48
Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 98 pages.
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

I really don´t like Claudio.

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text 2020-03-29 17:27
Act 4, Scene 1
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

LoL. Will must have liked the plot twist he came up with for an earlier play

(Romeo and Julia)

(spoiler show)

so very, very much, he decided to recycle it. :D

FRIAR Pause awhile,

And let my counsel sway you in this case.

 

Your daughter here the princes left for dead,

Let her a while be secretly kept in,

And publish it that she is dead indeed.

Maintain a mourning ostentation,

And on your family's old monument

Hang mournful epitaphs, and do all rites

That appertain unto a burial.

(spoiler show)

 

 

Now, that is a "cunning plan" that has never gone wrong before.

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text 2020-03-29 16:53
Act 3, Scene 3
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

[Enter Dogberry and his compartner Verges, with the Watch]

DOGBERRY Are you good men and true?

 

I dont know whether this was meant to make me laugh, but it did. 

 

Not only do I think "Dogberry" is a fantastic name (worthy of Pratchett), but the way that the assessment of a person by the Watch is based on such a simple direct question cracked me up. 

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text 2020-03-29 16:29
Act 2, Scene 3
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

Still catching up...

 

It's intriguing that Benedick's incantation here resembles a curse:

"[...]He was wont to speak plain and to the purpose, like an honest man and a soldier, and now is he turned orthography. His words are a very fantastical banquet, just so many strange dishes. May I be so converted, and see with these eyes? I cannot tell. I think not. I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster, but I'll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me he shall never make me such a fool. One woman is fair, yet I am well. Another is wise, yet I am well. Another virtuous, yet I am well. But till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace. Rich she shall be, that's certain. Wise, or I'll none. Virtuous, or I'll never cheapen her. Fair, or I'll never look on her. Mild, or come not near me. Noble, or not I for an angel. Of good discourse, an excellent musician, and her hair shall be of what colour it please God. Ha! The Prince and Monsieur Love. I will hide me in the arbour."

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