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Date Posted: Sun, December 03 2023, 19:32:28
Author: kgp
Subject: QOTD for Monday, Dec 5, 2023

The following quotation is from Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon Copyright 2003 all rights reserved. Chapter 1 When First We Practice to Deceive.

It was the sort of thing one hopes momentarily that one has not really seen - because life would be so much more convenient if one hadn't.

The thing was scarcely shocking in itself; Lord John Grey had seen worse, could see worse now, merely by stepping out of the Beefsteak into the street. The flower girl who'd doll him a bunch of violets on his way into the club had had a half-healed gash on the back of her hand, crusted and oozing. The doorman, a veteran of the Americas, had a livid tomahawk scar that ran from hairline to jaw, bisected the socket of a blinded eye. By contrast, the sore on the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan's privy member was quite small. Almost discreet.

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[> I had a hard time with this book at first - it seemed so different than Outlander and I didn’t love Lord John yet. But I learned a lot. The horror of venereal diseases back then was made very clear to me. They really were a death sentence. The callousness of Trevelyan, I love Diana’s sarcastic “Honorable.” And how in a few sentences she shows how different live was just on the other side of a door. -- Kathy in PA, Mon, December 04 2023, 19:15:50

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[> [> I read it a couple of times - like I do with all of The Books - before I caught the rhythm of it. It's different than the main books but it reflects John's life in London, more complicated and hurried. -- kgp, Wed, December 06 2023, 17:36:03

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