June 11th, 2008

Proust book

Proust update - character stays dead

I actually laughed out loud reading The Fugitive on the tube Monday. Our narrator is continuing his perverse jealousy of Albertine and has sent someone to investigate her behavior in a seaside resort. He gets back this letter:

"What Monsieur had suspected is absolutely certain. Mlle A. very often came to take a shower accompanied by a tall woman older than herself, dressed always in grey, and whom the bath-house girl without knowing her name knew of as a result of often having seen her on the look-out for girls. She and Mlle A always locked themselves in the cabin, stayed inside a long time, and the lady in grey gave the lady with whom I had this chat a tip of at least ten francs. As the latter person said to me, you can guess that if they had spent their time making daisy chains they wouldn't have given me a ten-franc tip."

I'm now up to page 488, and I'm imagining I'll be done by the end of the summer. I wish I could say the finish line is in sight, but it's still some ways away!

In other news, the New York Times has an article about two couples who resolve to have sex every night, one for a year, one for a hundred days. Sounds to me like they preferred hamburger to steak ...