Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 Chapters 18-20

We've gotten almost 10" in that past 72 hours. Relieved to see Mr. Ysmal has other modes of transport.
Dear valued subscribers:

Our wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey department informs us that the best means of getting this issue to you is by canoe.  Please tip your local tribesmen generously for their efforts.  Included with this month's issue (chapters 18-20 of Mr. Dickens's Pickwick Papers) are complimentary commemorative ponchos and, of course, tote bags.

Your next issue should arrive on June 3rd, to include chapters 21-23.
Best regards,
A.B. Ysmal

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 Chapters 15-17

This installment begins with the Pickwickians almost getting into fisticuffs over costumes for a fancy dress party put on by Mrs. Leo Hunter, recounts the duping of Messr. Weller and Pickwick by Mr. Jingle and servant and ends with Mr. Pickwick telling the tale of The Parish Clerk. The tale could have easily happened to any one of the Pickwickians.

To be honest the clueslessness of the main characters are beginning to wear on me a little. I had had hopes for Sam Weller but he appears to be more Sancho Panza than Jeeves.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 Chapters 15-17

Congratulations to Mr. Ysmal! I, too, was married in a nonconformist church. Of course, this does make me a little sad for Mrs. Bardell who thought Mr. Pickwick was going to propose.

Dear valued subscribers:

I drop this off on my way to be wed in a nonconformist chapel - legal in Britain now, you know.  Enclosed please find chapters 15-17 of Mr. Dickens's Pickwick Papers.  The next issue should arrive on May 25th, to include chapters 18-20.
Best regards,
A.B. Ysmal

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 Chapters 12-14

After letting his landlady think he was going to ask her to marry him but instead actually hired Sam Weller to be his valet, Mr. Pickwick and crew head out to Eatanswill for the election.

The beginning chapter of this saga is a little like something out of Gulliver's Travels.  Dickens explains the run up to the election rather like Gulliver entering a new land. I was raised in the Chicago area and thus am familiar with Chicago election jokes. This chapter teaches Chicago a couple of lessons in how to run an election to ensure your candidate wins. Although no one dead seems to be voting in this election.

This installment ends with two of the Pickwickians hearing the Bagman's Tale which is the tale of a man stopping in a Public House for the night and after a few too many cups of punch is helped by a talking chair to win a widow's heart. Well at least that's what the Bagman's uncle says.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 Chapters 12-14

Short post for this installment.

Dear valued subscribers:
Enclosed please find chapters 12-14 of Mr. Dickens's Pickwick Papers.  The next issue is expected to arrive on May 16th and should include chapters 15-17.  Ever improving rail service should help to ensure timely delivery.  Should.
Best regards,
A.B. Ysmal

For some reason I keep thinking installments are set to arrive 2 days after they do. Must be the slow rail service to Vermont.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 Chapters 9-11

Most of this installment concerned the chase to stop Mr. Jingle from running off with Rachael Wardle. I'm fairly certain Mr. Jingle was hoping to be paid off the whole time however, Miss Wardle seemed disappointed.

Once they returned to Dingley Dell they discovered that Mr. Tupman had already left, so the remaining Pickwickians left to find him. Before he leaves, Mr. Pickwick is given a story about a mad man by the rector. Chapter 11 ends with this story that Mr. Pickwick decides to read on a sleepless night. The book so far has had about 3 of these stories. As if Dickens liked the stories but realized they couldn't quite be integrated into a novel so he has other characters tell or read the stories. Or it could be more a matter of Dickens being paid by the word.

This installment also introduces Sam Weller who I know from what I've read about the book caused subscriptions to increase once he was introduced. He plays a smallish part in this installment but I know this isn't the last we'll see of him.

I guess there was a lot in these chapters. It also relates the story of a stone that Mr. Pickwick finds with indecipherable markings. Mr. Pickwick takes it for something from ancient times and most scholars agree with him to spite other scholars who do not think it's so ancient.

Overall fun stories, good read still. Looking forward to the next installment and to see if another state has joined the union. Although since subscriptions go from 1,000 for the first installment to 40,000 for the last, I think Mr. Johansson is getting a little busier.