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Books I Read in April and May 2016

In April I read: • Lady Susan, by Jane Austen, read by Harriet Walter, Kim Hicks, Carole Boyd, Jonathan Keeble, Nigel Anthony, Patience Tomlinson, and Ruth Sillers (Naxos AudioBooks, 2001) — A novella, one of Jane Austen’s early works. Lady … Continue reading

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Tracks in the Snow

I looked out of my window one morning and saw this:   The ground was covered with tracks from people hauling firewood to the porch and from the cat running back and forth. It reminded me of a story from … Continue reading

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Sickness in Large Families

I’m from a large family, most of whom are just recovering from some kind of beginning-of-winter cold. While they were sick, I was reminded of this scene from the book I just finished reading, Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens: At … Continue reading

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The Dolls’ Dressmaker, Part 1

“Dolls; that’s all,” said Jenny, shortly. “Very difficult to fit too, because their figures are so uncertain. You never know where to expect their waists.” (Our Mutual Friend, by Charles Dickens, Book II, Chapter 5) I wrote recently that I … Continue reading

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From Chapter XXXVIII of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens: ‘How Mr. Winkle, When He Stepped Out of the Frying-Pan, Walked Gently and Comfortable into the Fire’: “And a very snug little business you have, no doubt?” said Mr. Winkle … Continue reading

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Blueberry Picking

Between the rain last week and the heat this week, we had a few clear, balmy days. So, last Friday and Saturday, my family went blueberry picking. On Friday we picked 145 pounds and Saturday morning we picked 94 pounds … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Among the Chickens

“A walk of five minutes brought Garnet to the sleepy little town. He passed through the narrow street, and turned on to the beach, walking in the direction of the cob, that combination of pier and breakwater which the misadventures … Continue reading

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