Good morning Vagabonds.
The temp around here got all the way up to 36 yesterday and it’s 27 right now (8AM). I hope it gets a bit warmer today!
I have been reading “Oliver Twist” lately. Never read it before, and I am enjoying it immensely. I love Dickens’ tongue-in-cheek comments about the institutions of the day such as workhouses. He “praises” policies and attitudes that are so outrageous that he forces the reader to take note of conditions that most people had a tendency to ignore. I had seen the musical several times, so when I was barely a quarter of the way into the book and ran out of story that I recognized I was a little surprised. (I shouldn’t be, I know – that’s what Hollywood does.) The good thing is that the story is now all brand new to me. There have been a few times when he uses language and idioms that no longer make sense in today’s world and I really have to think about the context in order to understand it.
We watched a movie the other day that is a wonderful character study. Humphrey Bogart at the top of his popularity took a huge risk and played a man descending into madness who gets murdered at the end. Also starring Walter Huston. This movie contains one of the classic lines of all time (which was also used in “Blazing Saddles”.)Name that movie!