[DWJ] Dorian

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at auckland.ac.nz
Wed Oct 7 00:47:56 EDT 2015

Thank you, Hallie, for your progress report on how Dorian is doing. 
I have been wondering, but you know how it is - I haven't liked to ask in case the news wasn't good.

So yes, when I saw the subject line I did pause and take a deep breath before opening the email.
And I'm so glad the news is more positive.

Fingers crossed indeed.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Hallie O'Donovan
Sent: Wednesday, 7 October 2015 6:29 a.m.
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: Re: [DWJ] Dorian

Oh, sorry! I should have put something to indicate the positive in the subject line, because, yeah, that emotional clenching is the worst. Feel free to change it, as Gmail isn't cooperating with me on that atm.

*So happy. :)*


On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 5:58 PM, <deborah.dwj at suberic.net> wrote:

> Thank you *so* much for this progress report, Hallie! I admit that 
> when I saw the subject line I did that emotional clenching one does in 
> anticipation of terrible news; in that light the content was even more 
> welcome.
> Patrick says he'll be the
>> happiest husband in Ireland when his wife tells him to F**K off in 
>> words, rather than just disgusted expression.
> Crossing my fingers for this wonderful moment.
> I was quite excited the week before last when she dabbed her fingers 
> into
>> the lotion I had in my hand and spread some on her other hand.
> These moments you're describing, of intentionally choosing to improve 
> her physical environment, are so good to hear. Swatting away something 
> negative is great, but actively choosing to add something positive is 
> just ... well, it's wonderful.
> (To Say Nothing of the
>> Dog. Ned had said how perfectly quiet and relaxing the Victorian era 
>> would be for his recuperation, with its sweet, submissive women. I 
>> snorted. She looked at me intently.)
> Ha! Brilliant.
> So happy. :)
> -deborah
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