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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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I was thinking that, too, Jenny--little bit of bitterness there, lurking underneath the wit. I'd love to know who actually wrote them.
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Great ideas indeed, Michelle. And great fun.
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I've been keeping my eyes open, Faith. The British Newspaper Archive doesn't have the Morning Post and Advertiser online that far back yet, though they're getting close (they're into the early 1800s), and I'm on their site quite regularly doing research, so every now and then I check to see if they've added any earlier issues, so I can check up on my matrimonial advertisers :-) I came across these ads by chance in a copy of the paper that was up for sale at auction.
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Sue, I'm sure the reality behind the ads, even if they were (as I suspect) a farce, was more entertaining than any story I could come up with about them :-) Truth is so often much better than fiction.
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A series is always good, Annette. And I like your idea of a long and gossipy search for the people behind the advertisements...
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Oooo, Mary, I think you may be on to something, here. So many ways this plot could twist... :-)
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Lillian, YOU ought to write those stories :-) You have a splendid imagination!
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You and me both :-) Or where the smart-aleck columnist thinking to fill a bit of dead space in his newspaper with something witty actually gets a reply...
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Janice, I suspect it was a parody of some sort, but I'd love to know the story behind it.
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I know! That was my first thought on reading these, a few years ago. That's why I tucked them away, even though they're not in my time period, because they ARE in the time period of several of my writing friends :-)
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Susanna here, sharing one of the myriad little random odd bits I stumble across while looking for something else altogether, and end up filing away because they're just too delightful not to keep. These two advertisements appeared in the London Morning Post and Daily Advertiser of Friday, December 30, 1791, and like the paper's editor, I rather suspect they were tongue-in-cheek, but then again, one never knows. The first reads: "TO THE LADIES. A Gentleman, who has lost a considerable fortune by drinking, wenching, and gambling, by which means he has been disinherited by an uncle on whom his last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, just back from a whirlwind weekend down at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition down in New Orleans, so I’m still a bit jetlagged, lightly dusted with beignet sugar, and unlikely to write anything particularly clever...but a recent Twitter conversation with a writer friend about the latest television version of Little Women—and more particularly whether the actor they chose to play Professor Bhaer was well cast (he was)—started me thinking about this old post I wrote back in September 2010 for The Heroine Addicts, which I thought I might share with you here: Over at All... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Last week, when I woke up in my hotel in New York City, I discovered much to my delight that, on the rooftop of the residential building just across the street—and this was 43rd and 8th, mind you, a stone’s throw from Times Square—there was a terrace with bits of a garden. The photo above doesn’t do it justice—there was a section out of sight to the right with more properly gardeny tangley greenery, but of course I didn’t think to take photos of that. I was too busy standing there happily looking out, drinking my coffee, and watching the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Annette. Glad you enjoyed the post. And the ice machine tip is a good one! Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on Deportment at a Hotel at Word Wenches
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The all-night western dance would have been bad enough--but a saloon fight?!? Poor you. There are definitely advantages, sometimes, to having a quiet courtyard view... Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented May 31, 2018 on Deportment at a Hotel at Word Wenches
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And the housekeeping staff! Yes, also very good advice. Thanks, Karin. Sent from my iPhone
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Sage advice, Sue. Thank you! Sent from my iPhone
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Thanks, Helen. And yes, being considerate of your fellow guests is always good advice, in any century. Thoughtfulness never goes out of style. Sent from my iPhone
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Thank you, Kareni. I always love seeing what new books are coming out! Sent from my iPhone
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Oh, dear. Have you been serenaded by inebriated opera singers? I suppose theyd be better than untrained inebriated singers, but to be on the safe side Ill heed your advice and get a room well away from the lifts... Sent from my iPhone
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I have been carefully avoiding salt-fish since my arrival at the hotel here in New York :) Sent from my iPhone
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Susanna here, packing today for more travel—this time to New York, for BookExpo America—so I thought it might be time to consult Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book, to see what advice America’s go-to etiquette expert of the mid-nineteenth century offered young ladies for such situations. Eliza Leslie, 1844, by Thomas Sully As always, Miss Eliza Leslie has a chapter tailored to my needs: DEPORTMENT AT A HOTEL, OR AT A LARGE BOARDING-HOUSE. Perfect. I’ll be staying at a hotel. This chapter is exactly what I need. Miss Leslie begins by explaining her reasons for tackling this angle of etiquette: “Now that... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Word Wenches
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I'll make a convert of you yet, Anne :-) Tell you what, next novel you work on, perhaps you should have me find a book or two for your heroine's library...?
Toggle Commented May 12, 2018 on A Library Fit For A Hero at Word Wenches
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Glad you enjoyed it, Kareni. I do love old books.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2018 on A Library Fit For A Hero at Word Wenches
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It's one of my most favourite rabbit holes. I can get lost reading those books, and often find passages or phrases that end up triggering bits of a scene or an exchange of dialogue between my own characters. It's really fun!
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