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If you've been wondering who Lord Peter was talking about in Busman's Honeymoon: "Dear me! what a shocking sound--like Nell Cook under the paving-stone!" (BH 72), the answer is in the Ingoldsby Legends and can be found here:

'There is a heavy paving-stone fast by the Canon's door,
Of granite grey, and it may weigh some half a ton or more,
And it is laid deep in the shade within that Entry dark,
Where sun or moon-beam never play'd, or e'en one starry spark.
*
'That heavy granite stone was moved that night, 'twas darkly said,
And the mortar round its sides next morn seem'd fresh and newly laid,
But what within the narrow vault beneath that stone doth lie,
Or if that there be vault or no -- I cannot tell -- not I!
*
'But I've been told that moan and groan, and fearful wail and shriek
Came from beneath that paving-stone for nearly half a week --
For three long days and three long nights came forth those sounds of fear;
Then all was o'er -- they never more fell on the listening ear.



My gift to you all on a slow Friday afternoon.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ralph Lynn, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, media whimsies, music, aspidistra & ampelopsis, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1 & 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors 1, 2, & 3, Gaudy Night 1 & 2.

Spoilers.

MARRIAGES / WIMSEY-VANE. )

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Busman's Honeymoon. 1937. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.

Sayers, Dorothy L., and Muriel St. Clare Byrne. Busman's Honeymoon. 1936. Love All and Busman's Honeymoon. Ed. Alzina Stone Dale. N.p.: The Kent State University Press, 1984.
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And you thought I'd never do it.

Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ralph Lynn, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, media whimsies, music, aspidistra & ampelopsis, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1 & 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors 1, 2, & 3, Gaudy Night.

Spoilers.

Harriet's looking at Mecklenburg Square. I can't be bothered to get up and find the book for the exact quote. )

There will be a post on Busman's Honeymoon, because I at least want to talk about some of the difference between the novel and the play. Suggestions of other topics are, as always, welcome--either for BH or GN.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ralph Lynn, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, media whimsies, music, aspidistra & ampelopsis, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1 & 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors 1, 2, & 3.

Still feeling ill, headachy, and fretful. Need a break from George Eliot. But I've finally figured out where to start talking about Gaudy Night. I don't know how coherent or insightful this is going to be, but it gives me something to do.

Spoilers for the whole book.

Harriet Vane sat at her writing-table and stared out into Mecklenburg Square. )

I am open to suggestions for other topics in relation to GN. I feel like I've only scratched the surface.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Gaudy Night. 1936. New York: Perennial Library-Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ralph Lynn, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, media whimsies, music, aspidistra & ampelopsis, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1 & 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors 1 & 2.

At long last, the third Nine Tailors post, in which we will discuss religion, realism, and anything else that happens to cross my mind. Discussion inspired from the replies to this post, with much gratitude!

Spoilers abounding.

'That's torn it!' said Lord Peter Wimsey. )

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. The Nine Tailors. 1934. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., n.d.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ralph Lynn, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, media whimsies, music, aspidistra & ampelopsis, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1 & 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors 1.

I've really fallen behind with these (the last installment was on the seventh). I apologize. I've been fretting about things, and that's not a state conducive to either reading or thinking constructively about The Nine Tailors.

However, I do have this idea that's been buzzing around my head like a mosquito, and it doesn't fit anywhere into a logical progression of analysis, so I'm going to inflict it on you here.

Warning: spoilers for T9T. ALL of it.

'That's torn it!' said Lord Peter Wimsey. )

I shall press onward with T9T, hopefully soon.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. The Nine Tailors. 1934. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., n.d.
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Photographs of aspidistras: 1, 2, and 3. Close-up of an aspidistra leaf.

There also is (or was) a racehorse named Aspidistra.

And whatever the plural of ampelopsis is: 1, 2 (scroll down to find the ampelopsis its own self), 4, 5, 6 and 7 (all over the shop, indeed).
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ralph Lynn, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, media whimsies, music, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1 & 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Murder Must Advertise.

I've decided I want to do The Nine Tailors in very small increments, because it's not terribly long, but it is extremely dense. So this post will cover "A Short Touch of Kent Treble Bob Major: Two Courses."

'That's torn it!' said Lord Peter Wimsey. )

Next, The Nine Tailors 2.

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WORKS CITED
Kenney, Catherine. The Remarkable Case of Dorothy L. Sayers. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1990.

Sayers, Dorothy L. The Nine Tailors: Changes Rung on an Old Theme in Two Short Touches and Two Full Peals. 1934. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., n.d.

DLS: Music

Jun. 6th, 2003 10:18 am
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ralph Lynn, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, the media, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1 & 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7, Murder Must Advertise.

Think about literature as a shameless way to avoid ... thinking about literature.

Some days I suspect that my life is ever so slightly fucked up.

In any event, this is the post about music in the canon. I don't know that I have any great insights to come to, but we shall see. Canon-wide spoilers.

Music's his line. )

Onward, then, to The Nine Tailors.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Gaudy Night. 1936. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.

---. The Nine Tailors. 1934. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., n.d.

---. Strong Poison. 1930. New York: Perennial Library-Harper & Row, Publishers, 1987.

---. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. 1928. New York: HarperPaperbacks, 1995.

---. Whose Body? 1923. New York: Avon Books, 1961.
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If you've ever wondered what Ralph Lynn looked like, and why Peter always gets compared to him, check out these pictures.

a jigsaw puzzle ad (Ralph Lynn and Glennis Lorimer)

still from Chance of a Night-Time (Ralph Lynn and Winifred Shotter)

Two South African tobacco cards, here and here (Ralph Lynn and Tom Walls). The site also features Rudolph Valentino in a powdered wig and a really stunning picture of Fay Wray. (Have I mentioned my passion for black-and-white portraiture?)

According to the IMDb, Ralph Lynn (1882-1962) appeared in twenty-two films between 1929 and 1937 (the second of the two South African tobacco cards is from his last film, For Valour). Their biography/trivia page adds that he was a stage actor who made his career playing "monocled 'silly ass' twits." And, as I thought, his first name was pronounced "Rafe."

This post is [livejournal.com profile] oracne's fault, for posting a reference to Rupert Brooke (and based on this portrait--which makes me think of the SCR in Gaudy Night drooling over Viscount Saint-George--you can see what the women of Bryn Mawr '17 were on about). I don't have the least idea how I got from Rupert Brooke to Ralph Lynn, but such are the mysterious inner workings of my mind.
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Okay, sorry about the Subject line.

Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, Have His Carcase 2, Have His Carcase 3, Have His Carcase 4, Have His Carcase 5, Have His Carcase 6, Have His Carcase 7, Murder Must Advertise.

The discussion of Have His Carcase spun off two ideas for series-spanning posts (there's a better word for that, but I'm not going to think of it at this hour of the morning): one on the media, and one on music. I've decided to use those two posts as a kind of buffer between Murder Must Advertise and The Nine Tailors; I love The Nine Tailors, but I always have to psych myself up for it.

So this post will contain indiscriminate spoilers for (potentially) all the Wimsey stories, and a crucial plot point for The Nine Tailors.

Editors are ghouls and cannibals. )
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, Have His Carcase 2, Have His Carcase 3, Have His Carcase 4, Have His Carcase 5, Have His Carcase 6.

Last post on Have His Carcase. Chapter 28 to the end. Spoilers.

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. )

I think I'm going to save the music and media posts to use as a buffer zone between Murder Must Advertise and The Nine Tailors. So my next Sayers post will be on Murder Must Advertise.

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WORKS CITED
Caudwell, Sarah. The Sirens Sang of Murder. 1989. New York: Dell Publishing, 1990.

Sayers, Dorothy L. The Five Red Herrings. 1931. New York: Perennial Library-Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986.

---. Have His Carcase. 1932. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, Have His Carcase 2, Have His Carcase 3, Have His Carcase 4, Have His Carcase 5.

I hope y'all are reading the comments, too, because there are incredibly smart people saying incredibly smart things. Also convincing me that I need to do canon-spanning posts on music, and also the media. (Not together.) But first I'm going to get through these HHC posts, or I shall forget entirely what I'm doing.

So, I'd gotten up through Chapter 15 in my stately progression. I'm going to try to bounce through to Chapter 27 in this post, so that I can catch up to where I am in the book, because I got behind last week when I couldn't freaking type. But we'll see how that works out (she says dubiously).

Spoilers. Including the identity of the murderer.

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. )

Next up, Have His Carcase 7.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Have His Carcase. 1932. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, Have His Carcase 2, Have His Carcase 3, Have His Carcase 4.

In the last post, I started to distract myself by a consideration of Paul Alexis as a doppelganger of Lord Peter Wimsey. Consider, therefore, this post as a kind of intermission in the narrative progression through HHC, while I pursue my self-afflicted chimera.

Indiscriminate spoilers for all of Have His Carcase, again including the identity of the murderer. Also assume spoilers for the rest of the canon. Specific mentions of Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors, and Gaudy Night.

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. )

Next up, Have His Carcase 6.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Have His Carcase. 1932. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.
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[5/13/03: fixed rather embarrassing transcription typo. --Ed.]

Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, Have His Carcase 2, Have His Carcase 3.

Ch. 11, "The Evidence of the Fisherman," through Ch. 15, "The Evidence of the Ladylove and the Landlady."

The usual. Spoilers.

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. )

Next up, Have His Carcase 5.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Have His Carcase. 1932. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1, Have His Carcase 2.

Endemic and pandemic spoilers--especially, for people who are reading HHC for the first time, I should warn you that there will be spoilers for later parts of HHC. I'm discussing Ch. 2 through Ch. 10, but will be referring to much later bits of the plot. Including the identity of the murderer. Proceed at your own risk.

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. )

Next up, Have His Carcase 4.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Have His Carcase. 1932. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings, Have His Carcase 1.

Metatextuality and generic conventions--this is starting to look uncannily like my dissertation.

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. )

Next up, Have His Carcase 3: however much farther I get before I feel like I have a post's worth of material.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. Have His Carcase. 1932. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.
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[I should mention, btw, that I keep all my book-analysis posts "indexed" on my Memories page. "Indexed" is in sarcastic quote-marks because, as [livejournal.com profile] melymbrosia bewailed some time back, LJ's Memories feature is about as much like a real index as a stuck-together clump of grubby post-it notes is like a card catalogue. But anyway, my book posts are archived there.]

Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison, The Five Red Herrings.

The inscrutable exhortations of my soul tell me that this afternoon I need to talk about Have His Carcase, and I'm not about to argue.

This is going to be a longish subseries of posts, and because HHC is a long and complicated book, I'm going to be making the posts as I go along. If I wait until I've finished reading to post about Chapter One, I'll just end up having to read Chapter One again. And while that's not really so much of a hardship, it does seem awfully damn recursive.

I'm also (for a change) following the rules of writing literary criticism and laying out the schematic of my argument before I wade in. This is contrary, you understand, to the natural human instinct to keep secrets, and especially to save the really clever bits as a surprise. But I think it will help all of us keep track of where we're going and which way is up on the map.

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. )

Next up, "The Evidence of the Corpse," Have His Carcase Chapter One.

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. "The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers." Lord Peter: A Collection of All the Lord Peter Wimsey Stories. Compiled, introd. James Sandoe. 1972. New York: Perennial Library-Harper & Row, Publishers, 1987 (The Reader's Digest Association, 1990): pp. 1-20.

---. The Five Red Herrings.

---. Have His Carcase. 1931. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, n.d.

---. Strong Poison. 1930. New York: Perennial Library-Harper & Row, Publishers, 1987.

---. Unnatural Death. 1927. New York: HarperPaperbacks, 1995.

---. Whose Body? 1923. New York: Avon Books, 1961.
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Previous DLS posts: Concerning Lord Peter Wimsey, the Hon. Freddy Arbuthnot, Miss Katharine Alexandra Climpson, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 1, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club 2, Strong Poison.

I slept v. badly last night, as witnessed by the fact that I'm awake and posting at quarter past six in the morning (bleah). So the likelihood of dazzling flashes of insight, rigorous analysis, or even basic coherence is, um, small. But I am faithful to my self-appointed task, and shall now discuss The Five Red Herrings.

If one lives in Galloway, one either fishes or paints. )

Up next, the first post on Have His Carcase! (I'm excited, even if nobody else is.)

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WORKS CITED
Sayers, Dorothy L. The Five Red Herrings. 1931. New York: Perennial Library-Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986.

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