Episode 4: Gaudy Night, Ch. 1-3
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.
Gaudy Night and Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
Lost in Wonder by Esther de Waal
Are Women Human?, The Mind of the Maker, and Letters to a Diminished Church by Dorothy Sayers
The Abolition Man by C. S. Lewis
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