Saturday, November 6, 2010

Betty in the Real World

The Magic of Living:

Lord Byron's Philosophical Truisms and other Recipes For Disaster

When asked why he hasn't married yet, Gideon tosses off one of those awful lines from Byron: 'Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil.' Ugh. Byron. Show of hands for who would like to sit next to Byron at a dinner. (Pick me! Pick me!) Okay, now show of hands for who would like to be closely related (mother, sister or wife) to the skunk. (Yeah, I thought so.) k

When Arabella finally rids herself of her useless superior (the nurse that came with her to Holland) she sings as she goes through the hospital 'Blow, blow thou winter wind...' a lyrical poem from Shakespeare's As You Like It:
Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude; Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot: Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remember’d not.

The Girl With Green Eyes:

When the doctor meets our heroine, he recites 'Lucy Lockitt...lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it.' Ah the pleasures of a weird-if-strangely-familiar name. In college I had a roommate named Eden and to this day I can't sing one of our really lovely hymns ('and earth will appear as the Garden of Eden...') without thinking of all the cheesy lines she got. For Lucy Lockitt the rhyme is thus:
Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;

Not a penny was there in it,

Only ribbon round it.

It sounds like a whodunit to me. Just where was the Miss Fisher on the night of the alleged theft? Why does she have a slush fund in the Caymans? Is Kitty an alias?


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  2. Hi, Bettys!

    I've been lurking for the past couple of weeks. I've felt ill-equipped to participate since I've read only a few selections from The Canon ( I totally recognized Winter Wedding from allusions to it on this site, though - I mean, how can you forget the Seconal-dosed twins?!!), but I've just received a box of 31 (!) books I scored on ebay, so I'll soon be ready to jump in.

    Such a fun blog!

    Do you have a Betty Andrea yet?

  3. YOu're our very first Betty Andrea and welcome to you!