Reading and re-reading

Today it’s “Little Women” 😊https://patriciachubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/f801f93d-e79a-43eb-9892-b3622a63f090-1.mov

“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle–something heroic, or wonderful–that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all, some day. I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous; that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream.”

― Louisa May Alcott

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter 14

The Girl from the Sea – Chapter Fourteen

The fishing fleet was back after a successful day.  There was a lively atmosphere at the inn that evening.  Wages were in pockets and ale was flowing; someone had bought a fiddle, someone else an accordion and a merry shanty tune was playing.  Voices were raised in song as the drink flowed freely.  The inn was full – everyone was there.  The boats had all come back and been de-rigged – the equipment scrubbed and stowed away.  Salt air always created a thirst in the men’s throats and the inn was the first stop before home for dinner.  The Captain was catching up with friends in a quiet corner.

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The Camel’s Hump – Rudyard Kipling

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So true (although not about camels being ugly!)

“The camel’s hump is an ugly lump,
Which well you might see at the zoo.
But uglier yet is the hump we get,
For having to little to do.”
Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories

I have the most beautiful copy of the “Just So Stories” – I think it came from my grandmother’s friend.  And here are some of the images that come from “How the Camel got his Hump”.  

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Throw Your TV Away – Roald Dahl

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Something I think we all need to do occasionally!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray
Go throw your TV set away
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall…

The Oompa-Loompas sing this song about (of course) Mike Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Pause for a Quote by Mark Twain

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No word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.Mark Twain’s Speeches (1923 ed.)

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

That impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words howsoever felicitous could accomplish it…. For one audience, the pause will be short; for another a little longer; for another a shade longer still; the performer must vary the length of the pause to suit the shades of difference between audiences. … I used to play with the pause as other children play with a toy.
– Autobiographical dictation, 11 October 1907. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3 (University of California Press, 2015).