I was out sick last Friday, so today I've got a double-dose of t-shirt-i-ness.
I recently read Cold Comfort Farm for the first time. I remember seeing the trailer for the Beckinsale movie way back when, but I never did see the movie, so all I really knew about the story was that it involved "something nasty in the woodshed".
Why didn't anyone ever tell me that the book is (very basically) about a Wodehouse character living in a Bronte world? Or, more simply, that it's a giggle-fest?
I would have read it much sooner.
'Well... what then, darling? Now, Flora, don't be feeble. You know perfectly well that you will be miserable if you haven't got a job, when all your friends have. Besides, a hundred pounds a year won't even keep you in stockings and fans. What will you live on?'
'My relatives,' replied Flora.
Mrs Smiling gave her a shocked glance of inquiry, for, though civilized in her tastes, she was a strong-minded and moral woman.
'Yes, Mary,' repeated Flora firmly, 'I am only nineteen, but I have already observed that whereas there still lingers some absurd prejudice against living on one's friends, no limits are set, either by society or by one's own consciences, to the amount one may impose upon one's relatives.'
I love her.
[Later: I've just realized that there's a typo in the second shirt. Grrr.]