25th May 2018
Weather: Overcast, windy at lunchtime. Rain from 4pm into the evening.
Back to bed after breakfast, although some time was spent comparing the JOG trail with my itinerary. A great way to waste time.
Roused myself for lunch at a cafe, then a sit in the comfortable local library reading Austen’s “Persuasion” on my Kindle. On reading my first JA just a few years ago the crafty humour caught me unprepared & I wondered “does she know that it’s wickedly funny?” If ever any doubt remained there’s this line in Persuasion, about the thickheaded, late Richard Musgrove:
“… Dick Musgrove, who had never done anything to entitle himself to more than the abbreviation of his name …”
Leading you gently and deliberately into your own knowledge of the vulgar double entendre is but a part of the cleverness. I love JA.
A crowd of noisy children arrived in the library for storytime: lovely to hear them being happy.
A new water main is being installed in Alston, causing traffic diversions for weeks. I asked the landlady at the tatty, but cheap, Victoria Inn about the tarmac ruining the rather unique stone sets in the street. This is supposed to be remedied later, at considerable expense.
The only reason I am not at the very good-sounding hostel being it was fully booked for Friday night.