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Er. Before Cheltenham – wh explains the delay …

Staps gave me a letter: G.

  1. Leave a comment to this post.
  2. I will give you a letter. (Edited to point out, only if you ask for one: you can comment without having to do this yourself).
  3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

D’you know, there’re a bugger of a lot of gees – sorry, Gs (Cheltenham is over now). I might have chosen Glenstorm the Centaur, easily, or Gimli or Gloin, or Guy Mannering, or Gott or Gylby (Innes’ Appleby stories), or GKC’s Gabriel Gale (there’re any number of Gs in GKC), or GKC’s avatar Gideon Fell (and indeed Gneil’s avatar of GKC, Gilbert, the incarnate Fiddler’s Green), or G. Lestrade or his rival Gregson, or Grey Brother, or Gloriana, or George Chapin….

  1. Gisborne, of the Department of Woods and Forests, In the Rukh (Kipling). Insofar as there was anything on the credit side of the ledger in the Empire, Gisborne represents it: servus servorum, dedicated, fair, and just.
  2. Gandalf (and if you don’t know he’s Tollers’ character, God help you). The Ur-Wizard (Maia though he was), the titrated essence of the Merlin character. To paraphrase Wren’s epitaph, if you seek the template of Dumbledore, look this way. I may add that Gandalf is in fact the concentrated distillate of the best sort of don, peppery, wise, and more patient than one quite realises at first.
  3. Archdeacon Grantly (Barchester, Trollope). The Church Militant incarnate, back when it was the Church, with foibles to make him human and a code that keeps him godly.
  4. Gally Threepwood (Plum, of course). I rather wanted to grow up (or, indeed, refuse to grow up, that being rather the point) to be the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, the only intelligent man in a family of ducal dimwits, a Peter Wimsey without the moralising and a goodish deal more fun.
  5. Gervase Fen (Crispin). The ultimate don-detective, wayward, witty, and wonderfully rude. I did rather grow up to be Fen.

And you lot?

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shezan From: shezan Date: March 28th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's Mrs Grantly who's truly scary.

I was given "J" a couple of weeks back; answers at my LJ.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 31st, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Fascinatin' as ever.

You clever beauty.
shezan From: shezan Date: March 31st, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fascinatin' as ever.

That is massively flattering of you. Referring to my 5 Js?
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 31st, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


And if you like, you may have 'D'.
matilda36 From: matilda36 Date: March 29th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
How many sweet memories of summers spent reading John Dickson Carr (and Chesterton) your post reminds me off. Some of the best memories of my childhood.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 31st, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, yes, indeed.

And of adulthood, if one likes.

If you care for a letter, have an 'M'.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: March 29th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Commenting only.

To paraphrase Wren’s epitaph, if you seek the template of Dumbledore, look this way.

Absolutely. I recall hearing a rumour that they offered the late Sir Richard Harris's role to Sir Ian McKellen, which would have cemented your opinion in canon, sort of.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 31st, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

So it shd have done.

Curious idea. Has possibilities.
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: March 31st, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: So it shd have done.

IIRC the story stated McKellen was justifiably worried about typecasting.
muuranker From: muuranker Date: March 30th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, go on then. It's been a while since I've indulged in a meme.

I have a childish wonder at the way people from different parts of my life do the same thing, are in the same place, unaware of a shared knowledge of me. You and one of my staff were at Cheltenham. I hope you had his luck (which is based, as I understand it, by listening to tips on Radio 4).

I also like your choices. I can't recall reading In the Rukh (although we have lots of Kipling, I have no memory. Me, I'm a Kim woman. And I don't think I've read any Gervase Fen, although he's definitely (due to multiple recommendations) on the 'to read' list.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 31st, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Tsk, tsk.

Of course, the Bapton Books Annotated Mowgli Stories shd serve to supplement that....

Have an 'O'.
muuranker From: muuranker Date: April 3rd, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tsk, tsk.

I can't find the edition you refer to in my library's catalogue ... but I found this: http://www.telelib.com/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/prose/ManyInventions/rukh.html

I have reserved the Case of the Gilded Fly.


Did I mention that I have no memory. So far, I have been able to recall Mrs Oliphant (The Saturdays, Elisabeth Enright), and Tolkien's Olaiphaunts. And one or two Oswalds. Ditto Owen/Owains. Could I be imagining an Otterline? I will tuck this away as a pleasant exercise for when I am back with my books.

muuranker From: muuranker Date: November 11th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah.

I have now (as of 4am, yesterday) read 'In the Rukh', in your volume (It is great to read the Mowgli stories in order). I agree with your assessment of him representing what was 'on the credit side' of the ledger of colonialism. In some ways, I think it is the weakest of the stories, the most fantastical, because it attempts to bring Mowgli's life story into alignment with the prosaical (but no less mythopoeic) world of the Department of Woods and Forests. I think, in part, that is heightened by your footnotes, pointing out that children in Mowgli's circumstances don't live happily ever after (if, indeed, they are in his circumstances). None of them are in Mowgli's circumstances - feral children do not learn how to talk to snakes.

And also I've read 'the Case of the Gilded Fly' (a couple of months ago). Gervase, I must read more of.

And I must add 'do the meme' to the todo list - I shall be re-united with my books very soon (let us say Christmas), and can peruse the Os.

wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 12th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Excellent on all counts.

And thank you. Of course, 'In the Rukh' shall I think always appear the weakest of the stories precisely because it was the first written, although the last in Mowgli's internal chronology, and so much had changed and developed differently ad interim.... I'm greatly obliged to you for such attentive reading and kind comments w/r/t notes.
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