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PostPosted: 15 Jul 2018, 15:41 
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This is branching out, really, from the discussion on favourtie bits of Heyer. I realised that I have quite a lot of these snatches from other authors too - anyone else? I'll give you three of mine:
The return of Lucia from her great raft adventure, when she rings Georgie and he fills up at the sound of her voice. (Mapp and Lucia, EF Benson, if anyone doesn't know.)
The cricket match at the end of Murder Must Advertise - makes me cry!
And of course, Jane Eyre's return to Mr Rochester, with surely the best chapter opening in all of literature - you don't need me to spell it out!


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PostPosted: 18 Jul 2018, 00:14 
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Just read - years after everyone else - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I think the whole book is a delight but love the ending and how it does not dawn on Isola that it is Juliet and not Remy that Dawsey loves. Also the fact that Juliet then asks him to marry her.


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The bit in Swallowdale where Roger spends the night with Young Billy who tells him about wrestling. So evocative, I can easily imagine Roger sitting there drinking it all in.

Also love the passage about the first fall if snow in Winter Holiday.


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Daisy's kitchen in Jo's Boys (NB now I need to read it again.) I love books that are full of domestic detail eg Sally's Family, and I realise it all stems from Daisy!

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 Post subject: Re: favourite bits of books
PostPosted: 22 Jul 2018, 15:20 
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Patty Pans, Sealpuppy? That's a chapter I always skip in my annual reread, I can't bear the cunning little saucepans! Now there's another thread.....


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PostPosted: 22 Jul 2018, 17:51 
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While we're with the culinary arrangements, anything about Marmaduke Scarlet in The Little White Horse, especially when Maria offers to help by drying the washing-up, but admits that she doesn't really know if she's liable to smash crockery, never having 'dried' before. "Are you accustomed to drop your hairbrush when arranging your coiffure of a morning?" he demands "No, never" "You...may give me the benefit of your assistance during those ablutions that necessarily, but unfortunately, invariably follow the exercise of the culinary art."

And I know cestina, like me, loves the aside in Linnets and Valerians about the gentry never seeming to understand that for meat to be cold it first has to be hot, and for jelly to set it first has to be liquid (when Uncle Ambrose airily says words to the effect of 'Oh, just serve cold meat and orange jelly for lunch'...)


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