alternate englands: when?

Dorian E. Gray israfel at
Mon Feb 7 17:36:51 EST 2005

Jadwiga said...

> > In any case, she's writing again... something set in that particular
> > Only first draft last I heard, and I am not about to disturb her by
> > about it, because apparently it's behaving like a truck being shunted,
> > again start again clonk bang wallop start again, but in process and on a
> > track of some kind.  Every time I go and see her she seems to have her
> > on end and full of straw, and a wild creative look in her eye, and I
> > away again.
> Hm... isn't there some book in which a normally elegant gentleman, in a
> particularly difficult situation of the Georgette Heyer type, starts
> taking apart a bee-skep and threading pieces of straw into his hair....

I don't think it's a skep, but yes.  Lord Peter Wimsey, in "Busman's
Honeymoon", which I just read for the first time.  He startles the police
inspector rather a lot.  (Harriet, of course, takes it more or less in her


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