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What Every Woman Knows
I don't really want to spoil the plot of this play at all. It's about a plain-looking woman who is under-estimated by everybody, written when the women's suffrage movement was under way but not yet successful and published first in the year 1918 - when women first got the vote in Britain. It's depressing how relevant this play is a century later.
I found it delightful - far better than either The Admirable Chrichton or Peter Pan (and I liked both of those). Gentle comedy based on a preposterous initial incident leads to an examination of gender roles and questions particularly, what men value as compared to what they perhaps should.
"Veduta" = "View": a painting or print, usually large, usually a cityscape, possibly some other type of vista. Pl = Vedute.
Never come across the term before starting this book.
I got this 1/2 price when I visited the Gemalde Gallery in Berlin last year. Caneletto made a big impression on me when I first saw him in the National Gallery, London, way back in the earliest days of my visiting fine art museums, as an undergrad.
And the shoe drops! With only the final 1/5th to go, something concrete happens! Colour me surprised. Austen can always pull out the unexpected - at least to me.
This is a cleverly designed little catalogue for an exhibition of silver work over the centuries, showcasing the wide variety of designs, techniques and uses silver can be put to, outside the realm of jewelry. If you admire skill, elegance and innovation, you'd have loved this exhibition.
Unlike the whopping book by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths that I read a while ago, which was focused on contemporary silversmithing, this exhibition ranges from the present to several centuries ago.
Still mysteries surrounding Jane Fairfax - and I wasn't expecting the abrupt decease of Mrs Churchill.
Half way and I'm thinking, "This isn't as good as the other two of his plays I'm acquainted with," then, within a few pages it takes a turn for the more - dramatic! Then it becomes more brutal and more affecting and more gripping - I raced through the remainder. It's a grim story with Mitch the only significant character who comes out of it looking at all decent. The others are morbidly fascinating and superbly written.
Very well designed book. I'm not a huge fan of the decorative arts but high quality silver-work is proving to be an exception. Plenty of it was shown in this exhibition.