Wednesday, August 01, 2007

More On Amelia Peabody

On the official Amelia Peabody website, there is a section with various Peabody-isms. They are great and you'll find them extremely useful if you are trying to decide if you will enjoy the books.

Some of my favorites:
  • "Abstinence, as I have often observed, has a deleterious effect on the disposition."
  • "The combination of physical strength and moral sincerity combined with tenderness of heart is exactly what is wanted in a husband."
  • "I always say there is nothing more comfortable or commodious than a tomb."
  • "It is impossible for any rational mind to follow the peculiar mental convolutions that pass for logic among the male sex . . ." (Amelia is convinced that men are illogical creatures.)
  • "It is difficult to be angry with a gentleman who pays you compliments . . . especially impertinent compliments."
  • "A lady cannot be blamed if a master criminal takes a fancy to her."
  • "I hope I number patience among my virtues, but shilly-shallying, when nothing is to be gained by the delay, is not a virtue."
  • "Though I had slept only a few hours, I felt quite fresh and full of ambition. Righteous indignation has that effect on my character."
ETA: Fonts...I dunno....


Anonymous said...

Rational Jenn, do you remember that movie from the 80s where this American woman wins a writing contest, goes off to Europe, gets bonked on the head, comes-to with amnesia but thinking she is the character from the mystery novels she loves, and ends up traipsing around solving mysteries with a handsome fop of an Englishman she believes is her assistant? Its hysterical and romantic. Dont know why but I was reminded of this reading about Mrs. Peabody.

You dont happen to know the name of this movie? Because I cant recall and its killing me.

Big tangent. A million apologies.


Rational Jenn said...

Oh no, I love tangents.

Don't know the name of that movie but it sounds intriguing! Let me know if you ever discover the name of it.


Anonymous said...

Ahhh I finally got it! Its American Dreamer starring non other than JoBeth Williams.



Rational Jenn said...

I'm so behind in catching up on my comments! Sorry!

But thanks for the movie name. I've never seen it, but I think I'd like to.