It’s a fable throw-down between the classic and modern – Aesop vs. Little Birds…rounded out with the continuing saga of Tom Jones chaser!
Read by Diane Havens
One of my favorite storytelling sessions with children are Aesop’s fables — stories with easy to identify morals. This particular one always starts a great discussion with the group — how being warm and kind is so much better than bullying, strong arm tactics. I think of this story often. The gentle power of persuasion.
More of us should try a little tenderness more often.
Story No. 3 from Little Birds, by Sarah Flynn
Copyright Sarah Flynn 2012
Published by Little Fiction 2012
Recorded with permission from author and publisher
Been an odd week. After seeming to dodge the plague-bullet (my whole family was sick a few weeks back), it found me and laid me low for a few days. And in the midst of worrying about looming deadlines, I also worried that this might be the first Going Public I would miss. Well that would simply not stand, so get better I must. And I did.
So what better way to celebrate a tentative return to recording than by completing this lovely microfiction collection by Sarah Flynn? In previous months, I’ve recorded the first two stories in the collections, “How the Light Gets In,” and “The Brambles.” It was time for me to stop fearing “Little Birds” and make it happen.
Tom Jones – Book 1, Chapter 8, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.
This chapter serves as a lighter dialogue than the previous one, which was quite heavy. In it, Bridget and Deborah listen in on Squire Allworthy’s conversation with Jenny Jones through a hole in the wall. The normally judgmental Mrs. Bridget becomes much more understanding and forgiving of Jenny Jones. Just a few chapters ago, she was cursing a blue streak against a mother who would leave her infant child in the bed of Mr. Allworthy, but now she’s quite eager to place the blame on the child’s father and chalk it up to bad judgment on Jenny’s part. This could be because Jenny was recently helpful to Bridget while she was ill.
A weird thing happens in this chapter: all of a sudden, Miss Bridget becomes Mrs. Bridget. She’s still a spinster, but I suppose she gains the honorific “Mrs.” because the chapter keeps referring to Mrs. Bridget and Mrs. Deborah. Mrs Deborah is also unmarried, but servant women of a certain age were referred to as “Mrs.” regardless of their marital status.
One final note: there’s a bit of latin in the chapter, which The Narrator translates as “When a woman is not seen to blush, she doth not blush at all.” This is a bit of a joke, because the Latin phrase says nothing about women or about blushing. It says something more like “Something unseen is like something non-existent, because they’re the same thing.”