Unintenionally Funny


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Unintenionally Funny

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Ago 27, 2009, 11:11pm

I'll have to find an example, but I know that I have laughed out loud at many things that dear authors were straight about. ----- Oh! I know one: Henry James actually named a female character "Fanny Assingham." Yes he did!

Ago 28, 2009, 5:47am

By chance I'm currently reading The Golden Bowl and admit to chuckling over that one, expecially in the context of the story, where she's the matchmaker.

This first extended description of Fanny is really over the top, how her

"added amplitude of person on which middle age had set its seal, seemed to present her insistently as a daughter of the South, or still more of the East, a creature formed by hammocks and divans, fed upon sherbets and waited upon by slaves. She looked as if her most active effort might be to take up, as she lay back, her mandolin, or to share a sugared fruit with a pet gazelle. She was in fact, however, neither a pampered Jewess nor a lazy Creole; New York had been, recordedly, her birthplace and "Europe" punctually her discipline."


Modificato: Ago 28, 2009, 7:21am

Heirs Together - a Christian sex manual.

(Edit for problems with touchstone.)

Ago 28, 2009, 10:58pm

The most famous poem of Scottish poet William McGonagall
is The Tay Bridge Disaster -- a heart-rending lament that concludes:

"Oh! Ill-fated bridge of the silv'ry Tay
I now must conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay
That your central girders would not have given way
At least many sensible men do say
Had they been supported on each side with buttresses
At least many sensible men confesses
For the stronger we our houses build
The less chance we have of being killed"

Ott 4, 2009, 2:56am

>3 jimroberts:

Jim, that sounds like a real hoot. I'd add The Secret. Metaphysics meets electromagnetic radiation. Bizarre!

Modificato: Dic 9, 2010, 3:14pm

>1 LizzieD: You reminded me of a Flannery O'Connor character in the story Good Country People, named Manley Pointer. It wasn't apparent to me the first time I read it for a class, but after thinking about it a while I do believe that ailing Catholic girl had a few naughty thoughts.