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OK, that's why I didn't recognize the name -- I LOVED Spiral Path -- as I think I've told you before, Mary Jo. Possibly many times. It started my passion for labyrinths.
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Thanks Michelle. I know a lot of our wenchly readers are always on the lookout for new reads and will give someone new a try. I think we're all readers at heart. On our private loop, we've been collecting pieces for our upcoming monthly "What we're reading" and as various authors posted their piece, the rest of us bought their recommendations.
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No, Minna and it was a fun movie.
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Nancy, I think people simply divide into those who do or don't find it plausible. I do, because while I think people might find someone "odd" I doubt very much if they could know he was a she. People aren't good at keeping secrets, and it would be regarded as so scandalous they would be outed.
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Faith, I love MJP's silk trilogy, but now I'm wondering whether I've read Phoenix Falling. A new MJP book to read? Bliss.
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Thanks, Lil Miss Molly -- I might have to watch that movie again.
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Fascinating, Joanna. Thanks so much for sharing that tale.
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Thanks, Janga. I thought Tootsie was comedic, but with more depth than most man-in-drag movies. Dustin Hoffman's research is always interesting to hear about -- I love learning about the behind-the-scenes stuff of acting. And I've never seen or even heard of that Tom Hanks Bosom Buddies show -- a lot of US TV never makes it to Australia. I'm not surprised you've read all the books mentioned — you're an extremely well-read person!
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Thanks, Margaret -- I haven't read that book, so it sounds like that's a Margaret Evans Porter book I have to chase up.
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Thanks, Anne. Yes, Bonnie Prince Charlie dressed in women's clothes -- as someone's maid, I think -- after the disaster than was Culloden, when he was escaping from Scotland with a price on his head. I suspect the fact that he was to act the maid would also help hide him, as to many people servants are so uninteresting as to be invisible. A bit of an ignominious exit, wasn't it? I haven't heard about the other royal cross-dressers you mentioned.
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Kit, I do too, even though each time Prudence tips her wine down her sleeve, I still can't um. . . swallow it. I find Prudence more convincing than her brother, though, but as he was small and slight, I suppose it *might* work. But I do love the romance between Prue and her mountain.
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Yes, Janice, as Mary Jo said, we do tend to suspend our disbelief in movies. But there are still those real historical women who managed to remain undiscovered for years... I think it's to with it being simply unimaginable for a woman to do that, to risk herself and fight etc. And in the case of Dr James Barry, she lived her entire adult life as a man, even fought duels and was never suspected -- or at least never investigated. The scandal broke after she was dead, and her body was found to be that of a woman. You can listen to a simple little story about her here -- the site of my little books for adult literacy. http://pageturners.prace.vic.edu.au/book-6-4-doctor-secret.php
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Yes, Beverly, they made their own rules and took the risks that went with that.
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"Can't wait for you to (secretly) write this! " Heh heh -- you and thousands of others, Elizabeth. :)
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Oh, yes, Elinore — wasn't The Crying Game brilliant? I think the big revelation at the end took everyone by shock. Thanks -- I'd forgotten about it, too.
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Thanks, Debra -- I don't know Paisley Smith's Beguiled.
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Tootsie, Mary Jo? Yes, I did find that one a bit hard to swallow, but it was an interesting exploration of the idea.
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Yes, Karin that was clever, wasn't it -- that extra twist made it very believable. And that hero discomfort with the attraction was exactly the thing that reader Davida was referring to when she began this whole discussion with her original question last week.
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Thanks, Linda. It was a fun movie, but I *never* was convinced he was a woman.
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Oooh, lovely, Joanna, I can't wait!
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Impromptu is obviously another one I shall have to chase up -- it sounds like fun. And the castrato character in Anne Rice sounds fascinating — what a sacrifice to make for your art. Thanks for joining in the conversation, Elinor.
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Happy birthday, Cate -- I've just been making jelly-cakes for a birthday party I'm off to tonight. I did enjoy Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as not-very-convincing women -- though Tony was certainly made a pretty woman, and I don't know the other film you mentioned, so might have to search that one out. Thanks.
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Oh, of course, Shannon — why did I leave out Anna Cowan’s Untamed? Thanks for the reminder. And I haven’t seen Impromptu — thanks for the heads up.
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Ah, Rose, that’s the thing about excerpts — they entice. :)
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Anne here. Since the wenches had so much to say about the "chick-in-pants" trope last week, I've broken it into two parts, and this week it's Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne and me, talking about it. We've included a few more excerpts, too. Also here's another 19th century portrait of a man who could easily be a woman in disguise. (Sir William Cornwallis Harris by Ramsay Richard Reinagle (attributed to), c.1823.) Mary Jo says: Much as I loved Heyer's The Masqueraders, the story requires major suspension of disbelief. Which I do willingly, but she was writing in the... Continue reading
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