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Comments for Swann's Way: Combray: The Lady in Pink

Lady in PinkSwann's Way: Combray: The Lady in Pink: 07/24/09

I'm on my 4th week of reading Swann's Way (Du côté de chez Swann). Thirty pages a week is working perfectly and will keep on schedule to finish in twenty weeks.

Pages 90 to 120 reiterate themes: the protagonist's fascination with socialites his parents have by for dinner, the simple delights of tea and, his love for his mother, grandmother and aunt.

Near the end of this section, Proust's meandering text focuses on one socialite in particular. Throughout she is only known as "The Lady in Pink." She is funny, confident, mysterious and perhaps a little dangerous.

As a parent to two Backyardigans fans and the owner of a CD of music from the show, I was immediately stuck with the song "Lady in Pink" from Super Secret Super Spy playing in my head. From there I started casting other characters from the show. I think Austin would do nicely as the young protagonist in Swann's Way.

Swann's Way posts:

Lisa's First Word, Baby Mine, I Sing the Body Electric, The Lady in Pink, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Caturday, Cherry Blossoms, Marge Simpson, Liana Telfer, Bender in Love, Margaret Dumont, Hyacinth Bucket, Rose, Mildred Krebs, Pepé Le Pew, Jack Harness, Cordelia Chase, Saffron, Thomas O'Malley.

Within a Budding Grove posts:

Nanowrimo, Cheers, Robert Langdon, Kif and Amy, Dead Weight, Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Paris is a Lonely Town, And Then There's Maude, A Cafe Terrace at Night, North by Northwest, Top Hat, Chez Deetz, Ah, My Goddess!, David, Auntie Mame, Brunhilde Esterhazy, Gusteau's, Shell Beach.

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Comment #1: Friday, July, 24, 2009 at 17:30:07

sarahloldfield

It might be a few weeks before I get to the Lady in Pink. We haven't seen that particular episode of Backyardigans, either, but X and I shall watch out for it now...

Swann's Way a la Backyardigans. That's one heck of a mental image. (Only with difficulty refraining from emoticons and all manner of acronyms!)



Comment #2: Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 23:13:32

Pussreboots

I hope I haven't caused any emotional scarring from the mashup of Backadigans and Swann's Way. Super Secret Super Spy is one of two DVDs from the series we own so I've seen it probably too many times.