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Okay, as I get further into Frederica, what I love about this book is the dialogue, particularly between Fredrica and Alverstoke. Dialogue is hard to write, but Heyer makes it so witty and entertaining! It is obvious to me that Frederica and Alverstoke are perfect for each other, just from the way they banter back and forth. I imagine it will be fun seeing how they discover that for themselves!
Arika, I thought so as well - dialogue can make or break a book. One of my main complaints about Catherine Coulter's writing is her stilted, repetitive & forced dialogue. Ughhh. Writers need to make us feel like we are eavesdropping on real-life conversations - even if that 'real life' was centuries ago! And, Heyer is a master at this! I wish I had the book in front of me (my mother now has our copy - the other half of the Linda & Kelly team!). Can you find a particular example of her witty & clever dialogue to share with us?
Your other point is also right on target: knowing in advance that Frederica & Alverstoke are destined for forever-ness in no way spoils the story. You have hit upon it - the fun & charm is waiting for them to discover it!! And is not the unbelievable histrionics and gnashing of teeth by the sister & Alverstoke's heir just a complete hoot??? Did you ever watch Seinfeld? Alverstoke's heir (what is his name?) reminds me of Elaine's boyfriend, Putty (sp?) - good-looking & well-intentioned, but absolutely the dullest knife in the drawer!?!
Here's my question to you - now that you have read (or nearly read) this one, do you think you will read any more by Georgette Heyer?
Sorry it took me some time to get back to this thread. I have a cold that's been knocking me off my feet, so I haven't looked through the book for a good example until just now.
This is one of my faves from this section of the book. In my book, it's in Chapter 12, p.169-170. Alverstoke is offering to drive Charis around town a bit, to show that he is not an indifferent guardian, in order to ward off an unwanted suitor. I'm breaking into the middle of the conversation here. Alverstoke speaks first, then Frederica:
"...I might take you both to the play, or even drive you round the park, at the hour of the Grand Strut."
"You are very obligiing! We are indeed honoured!"
"Yes, I rarely drive females."
"You will find it another dread bore, I daresay!"
"Possibly, but I shall be upheld by a feeling of virtue."
"Ah, but the novelty of that will soon wear off!" she pointed out.
The sardonic expression vanished. "Very good, Fredirica!" he said approvingly. "I don't think it will bore me to drive you round the park."
A few paragraphs later, Alverstoke affectionately calls her a "viper" when she teases him. It's just fun to see them play off of each other. They're obviously appreciative of each other's manners, wit, and composure.
Oh, and to answer your questions- I didn't watch Seinfeld. I have a hard time finding TV shows I enjoy. There have been a few that held by attention, ranging from The Golden Girls to Lost, but I don't watch a lot of shows.
And yes, I do think I'll read another Heyer. Maybe not right away, b/c I tend to like to switch it up a bit and rarely read the same author twice in a row, but def. in the future.
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I finished this up last night, and I'll post more on the final thread for BOM, but I do not think I'll read another Heyer book - at least not soon. Although the dialogue held my interest, it was a bit too predictable for me.