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xyzzy

I'm sorry, I realise that my brain is now set to auto-associate Achewood with every single fucking thing, but... do you get to the School Of Pain in the Car Of Pain?
http://achewood.com/index.php?date=12222004

f. sparks

::cough:: so many interpretations of this passage are possible! The School of Pain sounds like it could be a different sort of institution entirely.

Those two do sound insufferable, though.

lyssa

Too much virtue! Head exploding!

Keep that mohawk spiked up neatly...OR ELSE!

badgerbag

It is very tempting in that and later passages to porn it up a bit. They go on and on about the sweet lessons of pain.

Lori S.

Oh, God, yes.

The School of Pain. I will teach you the Meaning of Patience, yes! That will be Lesson One. I warn you, it is a very hard lesson to learn. We will repeat it until we're sure you have it right. Remember, we are cultivating Patience, one of the greatest virtues. Every time you cry out, we will start again. One way or the other, my dear, you will learn.

elswhere

Yes of course I've always loved The Secret Language. And felt vaguely that Katy was one of those things I should read.

Now, maybe not so much. But on the other hand, it is so ripe for mockery...like Elsie Dinsmore; did you ever read that one? Her dad makes her play the piano on Sunday, and she doesn't want to because it is the Sabbath, but she does anyway because she must be obedient (because she is so good) and then she faints! And hits her head! And bleeds! And boy is he sorry!

badgerbag

Oh I love Elsie Dinsmore. You realize I used to play "Elsie" with my ex. I won't say which one. But man they used to get hell for having blotted that copybook.

SO I had further reports on the Katy books. They redeem themselves considerably by having Katy not grow up to be vile. Instead she goes to Europe (by having been kind to a lonely little girl and her single mom) And she spends a glorious time in London laying flowers on Jane Austen's grave and looking at the town while thinking "Here is where so and so from Fanny Burney's novel stayed in a hotel.. and here is where they lived in Mansfield Park..." So she runs around London thinking of Mrs. Edgeworth et al. Which made me like her (and the author) a lot more.

I also liked in book 2 (What Katy Did at School) how Miss Jane the crabby old maid teacher gets sick, and Katy takes care of her and straightens her nighttable, and Miss Jane just says thank you and thaws a tiny bit. When she recovers from her long illness she is still a crabby, annoying person. In most books of the genre, Miss Jane would suddenly have gotten a new hairstyle and personality (a la aunt polly in Pollyanna) and gotten married and seemed 30 years younger all of a sudden (with a girlish sparkling laugh and a frilly bedjacket, naturally, much happier and with some hidden personal talent or noble past revealed and sorrow fixed). NO. Miss Jane gets to keep being an uptight, crabby schoolteacher. I like that!

The one about Clover going west was good too. I lucked out to find this hardback edition of all 5 of them together. I think there is even one more about Johnnie, the youngest girl.

badgerbag

Oh and Els you should read "Elsie Dinsmore on the Loose" -- a very silly parody.

cher

Hmmmm, I was swallowing all that up like candy. Issues ---> me. However, I am mostly spared at present in terms of my chronic pain, so I can afford to be all tra-la-la about its lessons. I guess, when I think about it, I want credit for all that virtue! I want credit for being a cheerful, hopeful, fairly neat, patient motherfucker considering all the agony I have to put with.

On the other hand, I'm not gonna be like this auntie or my buddhist cousin and frown at all those who suffer for not being stoic or virtuous about it.

I so need to read this book.

cher

PS-- Teach me some lesson of pain, k? I've got lotsa equipment at the ready!

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