Swann's Way: Swann in Love: Hyacinth Bucket: 09/18/09
I'm on my 12th week of reading Swann's Way (Du côté de chez Swann). I'm up to page 360.
With Charles Swann falling more and more in love, most of these next thirty pages were still focused on Odette. She isn't very beautiful but is confident. She can't play the piano well but loves to and makes people listen. She carries herself as if she's a princess. Although people are starting to warn Swann to stay away and are beginning to wonder why he isn't running for the hills.
So the description of a woman who is all about "keeping up appearances" and not being very good at it brings to mind one and only one character: Hyacinth Bucket of Keeping Up Appearances. Charles Swann is on his way to becoming Richard Bucket.
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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