I was recently discussing with Canadian Chickadee how my use of grammar has changed over the decades (or perhaps misuse might be a better expression!). I have looked at some of my writing from the 1960s. And I have plenty to choose from – there are samples everywhere I look! These scribbles and scrawls formed what was probably my heyday of writing – letters, natural history articles, a book (attempted), poetry (mostly of the love-sick variety), an anthology, a diary…. I compare my writing nowadays and I realise there are all sorts of grammatical (or ungrammatical) things that in those days I would not have put up with.
The paragraph above, in the style of the 2010s contains four sets of brackets; two hyphens or dashes; a row of dots; a couple of exclamation marks; a sentence that begins with ‘and’ and a sentence which ends in ‘with’, a preposition. The latter item is a matter of taste and my taste has changed. I no longer find the sentence that ends in a preposition quite so offensive though I do generally try to avoid them. The other things are simply laziness. I have smacked my wrist and will endeavour to try harder in the future. I avoided the temptation to put an exclamation mark at the end of the last sentence and to put this sentence in brackets. Do you think their absence has made a difference?
I thoroughly enjoy crime novels, especially when they are historical. My favourite period and location are usually Victorian England but I have had a change recently. I have just discovered a new author called Claude Izner. The name is a pseudonym hiding two sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefèvre, who are both booksellers on the banks of the Seine in Paris. The hero, Victor Legris, is also a Parisian bookseller. Set in Paris in 1889, the first novel in the series, “Murder on the Eiffel Tower” is a masterpiece of historical research into the Paris of that time with the addition of a clever little crime plot. There is, of course, a love interest or two and Le Monde’ described it as “A charming journey through the life and intellectual times of the era”. I have now reached the third book in the series and can thoroughly recommend them.
Misty and Roland
Washington Bear went down to Exeter with us earlier in October and met Daughter and Son-in-law’s cats – Misty and Roland.
This is Misty.
This is Roland.
And here they are together, about as together as they get.