A bit of nonsense, a bit of that which truly isn’t…and rounding it all up – Tom Jones.
Read by Diane Havens
After a few weeks of working on soooo serious stuff, I thought I’d pull some nonsense out of my repertoire.
Edward Lear is one of my favorite authors of children’s classic poetry. I’ve cast the owl as an Elvis type crooner charmer and the Pussycat a breathy ingenue. Naturally.
Read by Xe Sands
Recorded with permission from author and publisher
WARNING: CONTAINS MEMORY OF ASSAULT
Continuing this week with the second story from the excellent flash fiction collection from Little Fiction – this time with a story that hurts and leaves itself behind long after you’ve read it.
I need to let this one unfold for you, yet that is hard…because I remember exactly how I felt when it hit me and it seems I should save you from that, soften that blow a little. But then, what’s the point of reading evocative stories if not to be caught, squeezed, forced to look into the face of it?
Chapter 10 of Tom Jones.
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.
Well, now that Jenny’s out of the picture, it’s time to introduce two new characters: a doctor and a captain. When writing these two characters, Fielding devised one of, in my humble opinion, his greatest creations: the name of Blifil. It’s both fun to say and faintly ridiculous. There will be a lot more use of the name Blifil to come.
Also interesting is that the Narrator here says that he can’t peer into the minds of his characters and discern their true motives. It’s a bit of a puzzler, considering he’s supposedly omniscient, not to mention that he could discern what was in Jenny’s heart of hearts last chapter. I think he’s just having fun with us.
We also get the return of the word “eleemosenary” from chapter 1. It means “charitable” or “relating to charity.”
A note on the audio quality this week: I had a mic placement issue in the first portion of the recording, which was fixed in the latter half. I didn’t catch it until it came time to upload it, and, these chapters serving as a type of time capsule, it wouldn’t seem right to re-record this chapter.