28 April 2016

Little Pitchers Have Big Ears

A friend saw that I'd been reading Georgette Heyer, and thought that I might like a set of mysteries set in Victorian England. So she sent me a stack of five paperbacks, three of which I've finished and mailed off to my sister-in-law. The high-falutin' series name is The Robin Paige Victorian-Edwardian Mysteries - such a mouthful! They are fun, though, and very undemanding, which is what one wants once in a while.

I was distinctly amused to open the second book, Death at Gallows Green, and find a bright pink post-it with a "necessary spoiler":


Okay, thanks! When the girl finally turned up missing, I remembered that she was not going to be hurt or killed and that therefore, she had to be found. And she was!

More amusingly, to me anyway, was finding the word "pitcher" scratched out on page 55, and replaced with "jug".


On page 56, "pitcher" was unassaulted.


And on page 58, it was again struck out!


The great mystery is why a jug and not a pitcher. Why? British vs. American usage. The book - though set in England - was written by a pair of Americans.

My favorite part? Adding my own annotations to those the book came to me with.

Do you write in your books?

3 comments:

YourFireAnt said...

Why yes. I do write in my books. ;-)

Jeanne said...

I don't write in books much, but I've tried to make myself do it since grad school, where we were urged to make marginal notes. What really convinced me was finding an 18th-century satire at the Folger library with Robert Southey's marginal notes--that was fun to read, and not because the satire was all that inspired.

Janet Spering said...

Yes, absolutely! The daughter of my best friend in high school reads books her mother kept and that I wrote and and posts pictures of that on FB from time to time. She loves it! And I love seeing them after all these years :-)