Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Three sentences meme

Found this on Karen's blog and decided to have a quick break from work

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

Well, I'm researching Christina Rossetti at the moment and the following is from the biography of her by Frances Thomas (and is about Christina's brother Dante Gabriel and Lizzie Siddal)

Cathy Brown remembered Gabriel sitting in an armchair, murmuring 'Guggums, Guggums, Guggums,' in a kind of trance. Brown calling at Chatham Place one day in 1855 found Lizzie looking thinner and more deathlike and more ragged than ever, a real artist, a woman without parallel.' Gabriel was drawing 'wonderful and lovely "Guggums" one after another each one a fresh charm each one stamped with immortality.'

How sad that their friend thought Lizzie's emaciation made her a 'real artist', unless she was being tongue in cheek, in which case, still very sad, and how annoying was Dante Gabriel! I just want to shout at him - she's dying you idiot! (She actually lived for another seven years but was very very ill)

I would like to tag Calistro, A. Writer, Moondreamer, Leigh and Maddie Moon.


Leigh said...

Thanks for the tag! Unfortunately, I happened to be standing in the kitchen when I reached for the nearest book. Oh, well!

Jumbly Girl said...

Leigh - excellent! Im looking forward to seeing the results,- maybe we could play guess the recipe!

A. Writer said...

Thanks for tag! I've done it!

Maddie Moon said...

Ooh, that sounds like interesting research.

Thanks for the tag, I'll have a go later!

KAREN said...

It is sad they considered a real artist was supposed to look thin and deathlike - a little bit like the skinny culture we live in today, unfortunately!