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|GR:Some further thoughts . . .
Written by Mary Anne
(4/20/2003 7:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Strangely premonitory, penned by Mary Anne
] I'll confess that I can never read Henry's speech without thinking of a much later piece of literature: one of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, in which Holmes confesses to Watson that he is, at times, horrified by the possibilities for crime at an isolated country estate where, to borrow a movie tag, "no one can hear you scream."
. . . if anyone is interested. I went and looked up the Holmes story, which is "The Copper Beeches." Here is the passage to which I was referring. Holmes is speaking:
"They [country homes] always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief . . . that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful country-side . . . think of the deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, year in, year out, in such places and none the wiser . . ."
I'm looking at this in my annotated edition of the stores and this passage is footnoted with a comment from a critic, Professor Clarke Olney, who claims that "Holmes' reaction is decidedly unEnglish." *chuckle* I'm hearing Henry Tilney in my mind: "We are English, and we are Christians . . ."
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