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From:jellyfrog
Date:May 7th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
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What an evil gnome! Or else a gnome with exceptionally good taste.

Do you mean the intros that Willis writes for the stories in her short story collections? I found it in Fire Watch and Marble Arch, it's not in Impossible Things. There aren't any intros for the stories in Marble Arch, but here's what it says in Fire Watch:

"When she was forty years old, Elizabeth Barrett sneaked out of her house on Wimpole Street to elope with Robert Browning. It was an astonishing thing for a Victorian woman to do, especially someone who had been an invalid for most of her life. The story has been so romanticized that it is easy to forget that she was running from as well as to something.

She referred to her life with her father, a possessive and autocratic man who would allow none of his children to marry, as 'my peculiar situation,' and tried to make it sound amusing. Browning, frantic to get her away from the man who encouraged his daughter's invalidism, called it slavery and wrote her angrily, 'I think I understand what a father may expect and a child should comply with.'

When Edward Moulton Barret found out what his daughter had done, he ruthlessly tried to destroy every trace of her, including her precious cocker spaniel, Flush. He didn't succeed. She had taken Flush with her. But she had left her sisters Arabel and Henrietta behind."

Good luck with your show!

Edited at 2008-05-07 01:15 am (UTC)
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From:theloa
Date:May 7th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
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I don't know if I'm thinking of the intro (or was it afterword?) in Fire Watch or Alien sex (know it wasn't in Impossible things - see above re. rambling due to fatigue) but I do remember this so it's probably what I was thinking of. Thank you very much.

Now the question remains weather my audience is up for hearing about that particular story in detail at 10 am on a Sunday morning.
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From:jellyfrog
Date:May 7th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
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Hee! That is a good question. I've actually never read that story all the way through to tell you the truth. One of these days I'll have to just grit my teeth and find out what it's all about.
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