Pass me the Sickbag Please

What more can I say. Ranks up there with “Dead, dead and never called me mother.” Thank goodness it is over and I can get on this next week building my shed.


5 thoughts on “Pass me the Sickbag Please

  1. A little harsh, Mr Booley? Although I did wonder at Dr Manette’s reaction to MM’s hair given his commentary on fathers and chiildren in “Astleys” (1835):

    By the way,talking of fathers, we should very much like to see some piece in which all the dramatis personae were orphans. Fathers are invariably great nuisances on the stage, and always have to give the hero or heroine a long explanation of what was done before the curtain rose, usually commencing with ‘It is now nineteen years, my dear child, since your blessed mother (here the old villain’s voice falters) confided you to my charge. You were then an infant’, etc., etc. Or else they have to discover, all of a sudden, that somebody whom they have been in constant communication with, during three long acts, without the slightest suspicion, is their own child: in which case they exclaim, ‘Ah! what do I see! This bracelet! That smile! These documents! Those eyes! Can I believe my senses? – It must be! – Yes – it is – it is – my child!’
    – ‘My father!’ exclaims the child; and they fall into each other’s arms, and look over each other’s shoulders, and the audience give three distinct rounds of applause.

  2. Almost like Ellis Peters’ Father Cadfael and Olivier.

    Those two golden hairs around his neck and those manette takes in his hand may go back to this:
    When my grave is broke up again
    Some second guest to entertain,
    (For graves have learned that woman head,
    To be to more than one a bed),
    And he that digs it, spies
    A bracelet of bright hair about the bone,
    Will he not let us alone,
    And think that there a loving couple lies,
    Who thought that this device might be some way
    To make their souls, at the last busy day,
    Meet at this grave, and make a little stay?
    John Donne: A Relic.

    Is it these strands of golden hair are the key to the recall to life in place of death?

    M’selle may be, like Georgina, a much stronger character than she has so far been credited with, somewhat like those heroines from Austen who pop up from behaind samplers and pianos to take hold of the world on their own terms.

  3. Ha! I agree whole heartedly. Hooray for your honesty! I felt a bit dejected at so many posters last week insinuating that my feelings on MM were only because I was reading the chapters through 21st century eyes. I pride myself on being able to read texts through a lens of the era they were written in, so to speak, and I am fairly sure that even if I were a Victorian lady, I would have been rolling my eyes at our bi-polar heroine this week (albeit if only in my mind.)

    • Sorry if you felt dejected last week Katie. Comments are never intended to question other’s opinions, so much as understanding different responses to the same character. MM has certainly proved to be the most controversial aspect of the book so far, and we’re only 4 weeks in, so goodness knows what further discussions are yet to be had on her actions – best order some more sickbags in, just in case!

      P.S. Did Victorians have sickbags…?

      • Not sure! Mr Lorry had straw in the coach, Jerry had a tricorne hat which held a gallon and in extremis there were plenty of spitoons.

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