Afterword by Dorothy M Scura
Preface: This tragicomedy of a happiness-hunter was written, as an experiment, for my own entertainment. E.G.
Opening: For thirty-six years Judge Gamaliel Bland Honeywell had endured the double-edged bliss of a perfect marriage; but it seemed to him, on this sparkling Easter Sunday, that he had lived those years with a stranger.
So long since I read the first fifty odd pages that this is now a complete reboot from page 1.
Honeywell is at heart, of Victorian mind and principles; some of his ideas on ladies and life will make many a modern woman want to shake a stick at him. Glasgow’s brand of stick shaking is more nuanced, and rendered delightful with wry observations, so they become subtle satiric prods.
Page 50: ‘”A flower shop? Of course you shall have it. You should have anything that is in my power to give you.”
Verdict: how is it that the woman who can write about raw issues and believable human spontaneous direction as on show in ‘Barren Ground’ feels the need to froth forward on such social minutiae as is on show here in ‘The Romantic Comedians’? It seems that women’s issues was very much her specific interest.
Froth this is but the language is delectable.
4* Barren Ground
3* The Sheltered Life
3* The Romantic Comedians