Behn: Dull

A recipe for being dull:

“…that perfect Tranquillity of Life, which is no where to be found, but in retreat, a faithful Friend and a good Library…”

Surely one might add a distinctive beverage as well? My editor informs me that ‘gin’ appears my manuscript no less than 75 times. So, not on every page — though martini fills in at times.

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Aphra Behn, popularly seen as one of the first women in Britain to make her living from her pen. Earlier writers were often supported by the court (Marie de France) or the church (Julian of Norwich) or only turned to writing after other careers (Margery Kempe).

Long, and at the vast Expence the industrious Stage
Has strove to please a dull ungrateful Age…

The Emperor of the Moon

 

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