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[…] so stepping in, he with his inchanted Wand struck the Rock again, and the Rock closed her in, and there was the End of that famous Inchantress […]

Poor Mr Norris. He didn’t know how much amusement he would unwittingly provide for future romance readers/writers when he published The Illustrious and Renown’d History of the Seven Famous Champions of Christendom in 1719… *g*

Happy Easter!

Okay, so this picture has nothing to do with Easter as such. But look! It’s a mini apple tree! With mini apple blossoms!! (Which you can’t really see, but trust me on this: there are mini apple blossoms on this tree.) Spring is here, nature is awakening, little birds start building nests, trees blossom, Mr and Mrs Duck visit to snatch fish food, and the fish are sunning themselves.

And you?

You can eat Lindor Easter eggs. Or you can make red-wine cake, which is what I’ll do in a little while. And of course, there’s always the option of watching your children searching for their Easter bunnies. (This one is a bit difficult for me as I don’t have any children. And the children I know aren’t yet interested in Easter bunnies.)

Whatever you do, I hope you’ll have a lovely day with your friends or family. Take the time to go for a walk today, and look for those apple blossoms! πŸ™‚

Yes, I can!

Teach a course on romance fiction next winter, that is. πŸ™‚ Needless to say that I’m thrilled!

I did some research on amazon to see which books are still in print, and I’m happy to report that both Holt’s “Mistress of Mellyn” AND Hull’s “The Sheik” are still available. Holt’s books seem to have been reissued a few years ago with suitably gothic covers. Nice!
Have ordered “Mistress of Mellyn,” “Time of the Hunter’s Moon,” “The Sheik,” several books by Heyer, “Georgette Heyer’s Regency World,” and “The Private World of Georgette Heyer.” This is going to be so much fun!

Saturday Realisations

Today I found out that a pantomime is not a harlequinade, and that an extravaganza is something else entirely. And not a burlesque either.

I still have no clue how a pantomime is supposed to work (in the middle of it all characters change into characters inspired by the commedia dell’ arte???). It doesn’t help that all authors who’ve written on this subject seem to assume that all of their readers have seen Christmas pantomimes and know what they are.

Fortunately, it seems I don’t have to write about pantomimes in the dratted d, as the PlanchΓ¨ play I want to discuss is allegedly an extravaganza. Now I just need to solve the riddle of the toy-theatre play … Among other dramatis personae, there is a doctor and a clown, but no Harlequin. There’s a tableaux at the end, but no proper transformation scene.