Thomas Hardy

Fredrik from Norway   Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:37 pm GMT
Ren wrote:
<<<You must be the only person in Britain under 70, who only has 5 channels>
That could explain his narrowminded ideas.>>
Really? I would rather say it the other way around. The less TV people watch and the less channels they have got, the more intellectual and broadminded they usually are. Provided they read something instead of course.
Guest   Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:49 am GMT
I know this is not entirely on the subject. I noticed that one line of conversation was stopped by the 'moderator' for being a 'droll'. I looked up 'droll', and found that it was a specialist computer word, ie jargon, to mean 'a flame' etc.

I had come across the expression "very droll". I think it basically means that someone does not want to get involved in a rather boring pointless discussion. The are not going to fall for the 'bait'.

So it is interesting that there should be a French expression for bouffonnerie (drollery)

Does humour exist in France? Before the French revolution of 1789, the word humour was hardly known. People knew esprit (wit), farce (prank), bouffonnerie (drollery) and humeur (a state of mind, or mood), but not humour.

On the subject of Thomas Hardy, I think that his endings are predictable. Fate ensures the ending is tragic. Also, because he was writing for 'Penny Dreadfuls', I think that his stories are melodramatic.
Uriel   Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:51 am GMT
You're thinking of "troll", not "droll".
Guest   Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:32 pm GMT
***Can you explain why you think the English are the most cultured people in the EU?? **

To justify a statement like that you would first have to define the word "cultured" can have very different interpretations. This is the generally accepted meaning of the word: "Showing or having good taste, manners, upbringing and education".

If you think that definition fits a very substantial section of the English population then the term "cloud cuckoo land" comes to mind. Let's be realistic here.

As for "Pride and Prejudice"......the age in which Jane Austen lived and the social structures and codes of behaviour of that time are, naturally, well documented and illustrated in her novels. But, like the lady herself, they are long dead, consigned to history, which is why we so much enjoy reading the novels. The gentility of the times conflict so graphically with those we all know now, in the 21st century.

At the other end of the social spectrum, the grinding soul destroying poverty and dire conditions of Charles Dicken's mid Victorian London/England are equally enthralling because of their unfamiliarity.
Damian in London N2   Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:33 pm GMT
och! sorry...forgot name....last message was mine
shimaa mohamed   Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:08 am GMT
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David   Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:08 pm GMT
I don't think even English people would argue they were the most cultured people in Europe... what an absurdity!
Phil   Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:10 pm GMT
I went to Thomas Hardy's house and banged my head on a beam. Boy, he must've been a short-@rse.
<3   Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:41 am GMT
Tess of the d'Urbervilles was like omg!!
L.C   Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:17 am GMT
Fer shur. I mean Tess is like a total space cadet.
Damian in Edinburgh   Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:33 pm GMT
***I went to Thomas Hardy's house and banged my head on a beam. Boy, he must've been a short-@rse**** ......

They all were in those days........Hardy's Cottage is not alone in having low beams. You should wander around the Palace of Holyrood some day. Mary Queen of Scots was quite a wee lady but her dalliance with the mega handsome Henry, Lord Darnley, must have been quite an experience for her as he was over six feet two - extraordinarily tall for those days, so no wonder she referred to him as her "yon long pretty one". King Charles I was only five feet tall or thereabouts.....and that was before he lost his head on the block in Whitehall.
Damian   Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:34 pm GMT
Correction - Mary QOS was actually reasonably tall for the times.
L.C   Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:24 pm GMT
Was Mary Qos, Thomas Hardy's girlfriend?