Stuff and Nonsense


The Pursuit of Mary Bennet

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet is set three years after the events detailed in Pride and Prejudice. Mingle's Mary is a good deal different from the priggish, pedantic girl Austen too-briefly described in Pride and Prejudice and the change is a little surprising at first, but makes sense if you accept Mingle's premise that, with the absence of the older married sisters, Mr. Bennet has more time to spend improving his younger daughters. Also that Mary, having seen the happiness attained by her older sisters, has become more aware of of her own character flaws and actively worked to smooth them over.

I was willing to accept both suppositions and embrace this improved Mary. I was glad to see her with Jane at High Tor, enjoying the gentle attentions of Mr. Henry Walsh, even if silly Kitty did keep getting in the way. However, the baby craziness in the second half really put me off, because it was so unexpected and, well, a bit creepy. Poor lonely and unlovable Mary! Don't be another Lady Edith!

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Novel by Pamela Mingle (William Morrow, 2013)


Airplane Food, Hurrah!

We're on our hols in England through the 12th as The Brother-In-Law is getting married. Yaaaaay. I'm not going to be cooking, obviously, but I thought you might like to see what I'm eating in England. My holiday snaps are always either random nature scenes or food, anyway. Hurrah.

Not-very-good-no-editing-stuck-in-an-airplane-photography at it's best?

This is the meal I ate of the Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Dublin. It's an upgrade meal which we bought because we didn't understand the booking process (here's a hint: don't make big travel decisions late at night) and thought we had to buy a meal or not eat at all. Anyway, it was really quite tasty:
  • Smoked salmon starter with marinated cucumbers, lemon, herb aïoli, and multigrain roll.
  • Grilled salmon fillet with dijon sauce, roasted potatoes, and julienned vegetables.
  • Mini apple crumble with custard.
  • Canadian spring water.
  • WINE. (Wine makes everything more civilized, don't you know).
  • Hot tea or coffee china service. (Everyone else gets crappy too-thin paper cups, poor bastards).
I saw what the regular economy class meal was ... and I'd recommend buying up, if you can! It's not that the regular meals looked terrible, but the $22 upgrade is good value.