Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dum(b)


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From The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home, by Abigail Williams

A SIGN

"It is a sign of the burgeoning orality of reading that recitation culture had become so widespread that it threatened to render its central texts meaningless."

From Chapter 6. Drama and Recitation, Plays in Parts

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Red King


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From Our Village, by Mary Russell Mitford

GENEROSITY

"The generosity of the poor is always a very real and fine thing; they give what they want..."

From Hannah

Monday, July 17, 2017

White Queen


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From The Funny Side: One Hundred Humorous Poems, by Wendy Cope

GIVING UP SMOKING

There's not a Shakespeare sonnet
Or a Beethoven quartet
That's easier to like than you
Or harder to forget.

You think that sounds extravagant?
I haven't finished yet —
I like you more than I would like
To have a cigarette.