We're Displacing Tomorrow. . . .
Posted by Ken on November 06, 1997 at 07:44:52:
In response to And your "place" in the scheme of things?, written by Mary on November 05, 1997 at 16:10:56
] I was about to guess you were an academic, but your e-mail address seems to indicate otherwise.
Spot-on! I was an apprentice academic a while back, but changed from complit to compsci for personal reasons. It was easy--just change 2 letters & rearrange a little (-: Until Oct 1, I was a system programmer for an IBM mainframe; the move has meant we junk that system & I revert to general dogsbody & PC setter-upper. I help support about 400 economists for the US Dept. of Agriculture.
]As for your comments on marriage, I agree, but I'm very married, so don't look here :)
Sorry, I didn't mean that to sound like trolling (-: In a fit of boredom, I maybe got more carried away than I realized.
] However your " 2 or 3 years of fun, 2 or 3 more of indifference, then a no-fault divorce" is just about what a modern-day Mary Crawford would be good for - no?
That's the way I see it. IMHO, those who like Mary are either seeing something in her I fail to, or else are bringing an entirely different set of values to the book than am I. Or both, maybe--I won't know for sure until some more voices show up; they all may be exhausted from the last go-round on MP.
At any rate, in their absence it may be possible to talk about other aspects of the book, or develop this place idea--it really is about a 20 or 30 page grad student paper, you know, so doing it list-wise will be frustrating. Some one more attuned to academia might even find out it's been done before somewhere--I don't claim it as original; it's not an unobvious approach to the novel, after all.
Moving day tomorrow, Monday is unpacking, Tuesday is a holiday for us Feds. I may not see everyone for a spell. If so, toodles!
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