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3 Things Probably

I downloaded 'Mr Midshipman Easy' onto my Kindle. It is so funny.It starts right in with his birth, and early life. There is a scene where he is chased by a bull, and he jumps over a hedge to escape the bull, and falls into a beehive, and he runs away from the bees, and falls into a well! It is after this that he decides to go to sea. He figures the rigors of the Navy cannot be as bad as that.

This remains to be seen. He is not on the ship yet, but he has met the first Lt. (a sort of Mr Bush type, who is very secure with being instantly obeyed. I expect hijinks will ensue.) I suppose the hard horse Lt is a sort of a trope. If so, an old one.

The other thing I am reading is a life of Ben Jonson. He was a good 10 years younger than Kit and Will. Still we know that they knew him. And there is some evidence that he played Hironemo in Kyd's Spanish Tragedy. An important part, with a big weepy death scene. I wonder if there is a way to get him into my story. He has a bodily reality that you can feel even from this far away. He must have been swoon inducing in person.

In other news, it is sweatshirt weather now here, suddenly. I approve. I could still swim if I wanted to do it, but I don't feel as if I am wasting the warm days if I don't. Two out of the four of us are back to school. It is very quiet here during the day now. That is fine. It should induce me to work at writing more, or to undertake some stringent plan for self-improvement. So far I have not made any self improvement, but it is only the first week, and there are many fronts to choose from!

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anteros_lmc
Sep. 15th, 2014 08:19 am (UTC)
Hello. I'm not long back from work travels, lovely to wake up this morning and read your news :)

Funnily enough I read Mr Midshipman Easy just a couple of months ago and its highly entertaining. Marryat was a very clever, very funny writer and Easy is an endearing character. One thing I found interesting though is that for all his heroism and high spirits, Easy has a distinctly ruthless streak and doesn't hesitate to kill.

PS. If it comes down to a choice between writing and stringent self improvement, I'd definitely go for the former ;)
eglantine_br
Sep. 16th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
I like writing better anyway. Given a choice between examining my own flaws and spending the day with Archie--well.

How is your addition coming along. I hope the disruption is mostly over.

I am liking M'man Easy very much. I also am enjoying reading about his friend the former African prince. He seems a very capable guy-- and so far presented without any ugliness. That ugliness is often a risk when reading things from so long ago.

Easy has not killed anyone yet. But of course they did, in a sense that is what they were out there for.
anteros_lmc
Sep. 17th, 2014 09:31 am (UTC)
Given a choice between examining my own flaws and spending the day with Archie--well.
Well indeed! Spending the day with Archie is always preferable, whatever the alternative.

How is your addition coming along. I hope the disruption is mostly over.
Still a long way to go but getting there. Building work should be finished next week but there will still be a massive decorating job which I'll have to do myself.

I also am enjoying reading about his friend the former African prince. He seems a very capable guy-- and so far presented without any ugliness. That ugliness is often a risk when reading things from so long ago.
Yes definitely. There are one or two parts that made me wince, but all things considered Mesty is a very well rounded character.
steepholm
Sep. 15th, 2014 08:32 am (UTC)
Have you come across nineweaving's chapbook stories about Ben Jonson? If not, I heartily recommend them.
eglantine_br
Sep. 16th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Oooh, yes. I have 'Cry Murder in a Small Voice' on my Kindle. I am going to read it again now that I know more about Jonson. And I will get the second one too, as soon as I can.
kcwarwick
Sep. 15th, 2014 10:11 am (UTC)
I read Mr Midshipman Easy when I was a child and can't remember anything about it except that it was one of my father's favourites. I must read it again. Ben Jonson is a very interesting character but not easy to live with, I suspect!
eglantine_br
Sep. 16th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
My father liked it too. I am not sure if I would rather live with Kit or Ben. Either way you would have to be on intellectual toes I bet.
vespican
Sep. 15th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Strange that I've never read Mr. Midshipman Easy. I'll have to find a copy and do so in the near future.
Dave
eglantine_br
Sep. 16th, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
Oh yes. I think you will like it. It moves right along too.
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