hallieod at indigo.ie
Thu Mar 7 05:02:58 EST 2002
I came across this last night in Fay Weldon's _Letters to Alice On
First Reading Jane Austen_ and thought it might be interesting to
'(Utopia comes from the Greek, Alice, and means a Nowhere Place, not
a Good Place, as most people think.) Thomas More's _Utopia_ and
Samuel Butler's _Erewhon_ ("Nowhere" spelt backwards - well, more or
less) were perhaps the finest...'
Did everyone else know that? I certainly didn't! I am now firmly
convinced that there IS no end to the layers of meanings we can find
in F&H and the others. (Welcome, Widdy, btw.)
The other thing I came across made me laugh, given our recent discussion:
'Your mother reads books on tennis, I know: I doubt she's read a
novel since an overdose of Georgette Heyer made her marry your
father. Books can be dangerous.'
I disagree with a large portion of what she says in the book
(especially that Charlotte found happiness with Mr Collins!!), but
it's entertaining so far.
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