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I’m Just In That Kind of Mood Today

on March 1, 2016

I read something earlier today on Le Interwebz that made me howl with laughter and reminded me of this scene, from THE BEST ROMANCE EVER WRITTEN IN THE HISTORY OF EVER AND YES I WANT TO BE BURIED WITH A COPY….

Le Background – Nora Beckett, lady in waiting to Queen Mary I (yes, that one), is rather despondent at the news her (asshat) father plans to marry her off to one Percivale Flegge (I’d be despondent, too if the rumors turned out to be true) and also that she is far too plain for any man to want to marry her and she can’t even drum up any enthusiasm for attending the de Rivers’ banquet.

Here is Her Majesty’s take on cheering her up!

“The Queen made a grumbling noise. “Look you, Nora. It’s true that women are inherently the Devil’s instrument and not God’s, but as long as a girl is chaste, obedient, and intelligent, there’s no reason she can’t also be pretty. God delights in beauty devoted to His works.”

“Think you so, Your Grace?”

“My father used to say so all the time.  And he was, after all, the great King Harry.

Nora contemplated this new idea. If England’s powerful and fearsome Henry VIII approved, it wasn’t for her to question.”


Lady Gallant, Suzanne Robinson (yes it has “those scenes” – none particularly gratuitous IMHO but then I’m flat out of delicate sensibilities, soooooo…..skip “those” pages if you must, but by all means, read it).



21 responses to “I’m Just In That Kind of Mood Today

  1. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Bear romance.

    Why do you silly humans insist on making things more complicated than they need to be?

  2. hearthie says:


    So, are we going to have a race to finish the new Mercy book next week? C’mon, you know you want to.

  3. Elspeth says:

    LOL. “Those scenes”…

    • Maeve says:


      It does get a bit racy – now I’m not offended by that, but figured I’d put it out there so it didn’t catch anyone unawares; it is a rather old-school romance (and by that I mean it’s neither PC nor is it the pretty-much-D/s-porn so popular these days – yawn…….). It’s a great story set in a dangerous time, populated by highly conflicted characters, with a truly wonderful love story. In short, it hits, for me personally, every single mark. It also won’t be everybody’s cuppa, IYKWIM.

  4. LOL. “Those scenes”. Yeah, I skip those and appreciate the warning. I’m reading some good stuff (Les Miserables and The Scarlet Letter with the boy; A Passion for the Impossible:The Life of Lilias Trotter; just finished Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff), but am also reading, for fun and feeling a little guilty because it has “those scenes”, the third in the Outlander series. Fun series and lots of history, but it does have that bodice ripper aspect.

    • Maeve says:

      Heh! I’ll skip if they start getting tedious, but I don’t actually have any problem with including them; and I don’t feel guilty about anything I read. That being said, I do have “do-not-go” thresholds (Outlander crossed several so the books are completely off my list and there’s nothing that can restore them – people tell me all the time to lighten up and that I’m missing a great read, but it ain’t happening), but I’m also pretty live-and-let-live about other people’s thresholds – my meat, your poison and all that jazz.

      That being said – I UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY LOATHE “The Scarlet Letter”, refuse to have it in my house (although I’m pretty sure the girls have copies just to annoy me), and have gotten into huge shouting matches about it, LOL. Let me also add that I hate “Moby Dick”, but that’s just due to the sheet, utter tediousness (better off watching the movie!).

  5. Elspeth says:

    May I ask why you hate The Scarlet Letter so much? I’m not a huge fan of it or anything, but I’m curious.

    • Maeve says:

      OK Els – just wind me up, why don’t you????

      Here’s the nutshell and if you want, we can do a post devoted to arguing about it because I actually loooooooove bashing this novel.

      First, we have Hester – with her massive martyr complex.

      Then we have that POS Arthur Dimmesdale – weak, pathetic, hypocrite. Has an affair with a married woman – knocks her up – and leaves her to be condemned ALONE, while he continues on as the minister of the church. A total loser of a man if ever there was one.

      Next comes Pearl – I’m about as anti-spanking as you can get, but that kid needs a wallop like nobody’s business. And could Hester please remember that she’s an actual parent? How wait – noooooo she’s too busy being repentant and shamed and all that BS, so of course raising a little monster is part of the package because GUILT and whatevers.

      The only decent character is Chillingworth who does exactly what needed to be done – he utterly destroys Dimmesdale in a most satisfying manner (nothing like a little psychological torture).

      Now – if Dimmesdale had been an actual man and taken his lumps along with Hester, then I could have had some respect and maybe – maybe – I’d feel a bit differently. But, because he showed such complete lack of spine, such utter weak worthlessness, as far as I’m concerned, Chillingworth showed a remarkable amount of restraint.

      Ughhhh that stupid Dimmesdale – such a pathetic little scum – and Hester still loooooooves him????? And THEN she comes back to wear her stupid Scarlet A and mourn and repent and blah blah blah forevers.

      Stupid book. Just simply hate it.

      • Maeve says:

        Anyway, that’s sort of how I feel about it.

      • Maeve says:

        And you know what makes me even crazier???

        Do you know that he subtitled the book “A Romance”? Seriously? A romance.
        There’s not one damn thing romance-like about it. You know, there are romances, like Ivanhoe, which don’t to my mind have an HEA (I can’t be the only one who thought he should have ended up with Rebecca). But at least the characters are worthy in some fashion. even if they’re not perfect (OK Rowena is slightly annoyingly perfect which is why I’m on Team Rebecca).

        These two? Little-Miss-Mea-Culpa-in-Perpetuo and her pathetic, hypocritical worm of a lover? Who could actually give a rat’s ass about them?


      • hearthie says:

        I haven’t read that book since my junior year of HS, when I remember disliking it … but I would like to chime in with, “Please rant more often, Ms. Maevey”.

      • Maeve says:

        Guess I got a bit carried away.
        Le Sigh.

  6. Elspeth says:

    I agree with your assessment, Maeve. It’s one of those things where something is dubbed “great literature” and you wonder why.

  7. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    A gratuitous bear video to remind you that you are missed.

  8. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Happy Easter!

  9. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I just remembered that St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone without linking this video. 😦

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