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Aunts, Dutch Women, and School Girls

Hi Adria,

I forgot to mention that I will be going to Montreal for Thanksgiving, and I’m happy to report that my Aunt is doing much better.  She is back to her splenetic self says her sister, but not well enough to return home. I still don’t understand that.  But then who knows for sure what goes on in the mind of someone who has experienced severe shock, as she did when she fell.  Once I visit, I’ll know more.
So, Oct. 3rd is perfect for the AGO. I am interested in both collections – 17th Century Painting in the Netherlands and Women in 17th century Netherlands.  Is this just one exhibit or two separate exhibits? And yes, meet at one for lunch and a chat.  I’d like to know how you are progressing on your Dutch Family research.  Sounds so interesting.  

I did not go to Word on The Street this year.  I boycotted the whole thing. (I’m sure I was really missed!!) Still trying to find an agent/ publisher, so I’m just suffering from a bad case of sour grapes really.  But it is amazing the number of people who only read books that are short-listed or have won awards.  Don’t they tire of Atwood and Munro? Whatever happened to individual preferences when choosing a book: starting with Author A and working your way through the alphabet to Author Z  (if you live to be 100) or reading all the books one writer has written? 

I tend to often choose Setting as one of my criteria. Anything set in the Far East has my attention first.  I just read a great line in Jane Gardam’s book God on The Rocks. (I know you enjoyed her book – FILTH – Failed in London, Try Hong Kong)  One of the characters says: I always feel of course that one has never really lived unless one has been to The Far East … You’re never the same … It spoils one … everywhere else feels a little bit of a comedown.  Oh my god! Those lines – I have said them and thought them ever since returning from Hong Kong.  Oops, I’d better not start being melancholic.  

So, yes, let’s set a date when I can go and visit your prestigious elite school (with tits and backsides on the walls.) When you visit Franklin, you’ll see the real thing; you’ll see lots of cleavage and low-riding pants with cute little tattoos sticking out.

So, you finally begin teaching this week.   Good luck, Adria.

Melancholic Sarah

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