Today’s episode of The Literary Life is the first in the Gaudy Night book discussion series of podcasts, covering chapters 1-3. Angelina gives a little biographical background on the author Dorothy Sayers herself. Cindy shares some context for the characters Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey. They also talk about how to approach a book like this and discuss some of the major themes that Sayers presents in Gaudy Night.
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A Slice of Wedding Cake
by Robert Graves
Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls
Married impossible men?
Simple self-sacrifice may be ruled out,
And missionary endeavour, nine times out of ten.
Repeat ‘impossible men’: not merely rustic,
Foul-tempered or depraved
(Dramatic foils chosen to show the world
How well women behave, and always have behaved).
Impossible men: idle, illiterate,
Self-pitying, dirty, sly,
For whose appearance even in City parks
Excuses must be made to casual passers-by.
Has God’s supply of tolerable husbands
Fallen, in fact, so low?
Or do I always over-value woman
At the expense of man?
It might be so.
The Abolition Man by C. S. Lewis
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