Hadn’t intended to post today — so many chores this time of year, so few readers… But I know you’d want to know about this: Chocolate Type!
It’s made in Germany, by a company called Typolade.
But fortunately I’m well-connected, with family and friends in Berlin. You might have read here and here about our trip last summer… Which reminds me that the lovely Kris Alice Hohls, of Love-Letter, the German romance readers’ magazine, ought to know about Typolade if she doesn’t already. Gotta tell her and also wish her the joy of the season.
And if this chocolate’s not too mammothly expensive I’ll certainly get hold of a coupla alphabets of this stuff and send it out for contest prizes sometime next year.
Thanks to the bright and beautiful Pamphilia, who posted notice of it at her delightful blog The Freudian Petticoat.
And while I’m posting anyway, here’s a little more about Jane Austen, this time from a disgruntled reader of Pride and Prejudice (yes, it is possible… read on):
Why do you like Miss Austen so very much? I am puzzled on that point…. I had not seen Pride and Prejudice till I read that sentence of yours, and then I got the book. And what did I find? An accurate daguerreotyped portrait of a a commonplace face; a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers; but no glance of a bright vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck. I should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen, in their elegant but confined houses.
Can you guess who wrote that? I couldn’t, but the “fresh air” and “blue hill” might have clued a more erudite reader. Anyway, it was Charlotte Brontë, in an 1848 letter to the critic G.H. Lewes, quoted (once again) in Tony Tanner’s wonderful reading of Austen’s work, simply called Jane Austen, and absolutely recommended (I hope to post more about it in the future).
What do you make of the Brontë quote?
Was she wrong? Too close to see clearly? Or did she perhaps have a point after all?
More later on all this. But meanwhile, have a great holiday week.