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Sunday October 26th 2014  Tim Candler

 

   For Book Three of The Rabbit of Usk, which is as yet untitled, I'm reading Emma De Lissau by Amelia Bristow. I can't find the first volume which makes following the plot a little tricky. But chapter one of volume two seems to be chapter IX in Emma's narrative. So it's all rather confusing. Either way I have reached the part where Emma's grandfather - the guardian of her infant years - is approaching dissolution and there are no words to depict Emma's agonizing feelings. The poor girl has seen many a dear one descend into the tomb. And it is her hope that before he departs she might have a chance to speak to her grandfather about Jesus. Emma of course is a religious nut.

    Now there might well be an inclination to ask "Why are you reading a book by Amelia Bristow?" And I agree it does sound a little weird, and it might well be a consequence of not having been much further than the front porch for what begins to feel like a couple of years. All the same, Amelia was born around 1783, her preoccupation was the distinction between Jews and Christians and her very proper character Emma has all the qualities of a lust interest for my own hero's grandfather. Which is also pretty weird because there is a part of our hero's grandfather who was thirty seven years old when King Offa came to the Mercian Throne in the year 757 of the Christian calendar.

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