It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.
The Patient Man... authorship: It seems that Dekker and Middleton collaborated closely on the plot and structure of the play. Whilst the bulk is by Dekker, a few scenes are thought to be Middleton's, some of it subsequently revised by Dekker.
The Lightning-rod Man: Religous allegory? Attack on the new science of electricity? The narrator has been proved a fool in the latter case.
Ray Bradbury wrote a story about a lightning-rod salesman, too. He also adapted Moby Dick for film. So I wonder if the Melville story inspired the Bradbury one in any way?
Boece: Making heavy weather of this. Not surprising given the original title, "The Consolations of Philosophy."
The KSR exclamatory sense of wonder is all present and correct! Unfortunately it makes all his view-point characters seem a little same-ish.
The Patient Man...Sc.10: Hippolito is pining for his allegedly deceased love when Bellafront enters, disguised as a man (a manouvre I've never come across in Renaissance drama before...). She tries to woo the unrecptive Hippolito.
The Paradise of Bachelors...: Not really a story at all but a mildly comedic piece of social commentary reminiscent of some of the pieces in Washington Irving's Sketchbook.
So here ends the Aubrey-Maturin epic saga, though a further book was left incomplete at the time of O'Brian's death. It's a good thing, really. The struggle to find anything original for the pair to do, growing ever more difficult since as far back as book 11, had by this point proved impossible. With the Napoleonic Wars over, reasons for further voyages were also getting contrived. Maturin's drug abuse with no real consequence was getting a little preposterous. Hence ending on the upbeat note of Aubrey finally gaining his Admiral's flag and sailing off to take up command of a squadron on a ship-of-the-line seems the perfect conclusion.
News from Gravesend authorship: Dekker is believed to have been sole author of the lengthy prose "epistle" whilst Middleton definitely contributed a small section of the subsequent poem and possibily more.
The Patient Man...Sc.9: Bellafront, the former prostitute and swindler, has been honest this last month and more - her former pander runs off with a "bawd."
The spread of Spanish in the Americans was greatly facilitated by the accidental drastic depopulation of the natives by introduction of new diseases. Well, that will no doubt come up again regarding English in North America and it was suggested as a possibility for the success of Anglo-Saxon in Britain.
I'd say the few remaining Stone Age cultures left on Earth are doomed just on these medical grounds unless they remain isolated from the rest of humanity. I've read elsewhere that there are most likely no indigenous peoples left who have no idea of the existance of advanced technology, even if they don't interpret it as such.
Karel Appel, Phantom with Mask:
The editor also notes the mock-heroic tone; it really seems to be a style of humour that leaves me cold, but I don't know why.