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|Mutton and Cucumbers!
Written by Cheryl
(6/22/2006 1:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Phaeton overturning, penned by Sarah Lucy
I love that whole scene, talk about Acting! And this bit:
"I see a Leg of Mutton -- They told me Edward was not Dead; but they deceived me -- they took him for a Cucumber --" (Letter 13)
I wondered if this was a take off on Ophelia's mad scene from Hamlet? Instead of non-sequiters on flowers and herbs, Laura's mad speech talks of foods - mutton and cucumbers of all things. That cucumber line just slays me, it just comes out of nowhere.
A pretty good mad scene, and of course, very sensible - much safer than fainting. ;-)
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