Drunk on words

“Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?”
“So easily that, to tell the truth, I am seldom perfectly sober.”

-Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night

First off, a little business regarding this quote – I have decided that Gaudy Night would have to replace Evensong in my top ten list. I have been entranced ever since I first met Lord Peter (in Murder Must Advertise, I believe) and this is unquestionably the best of his books. Lord Peter is another favorite character I was introduced to by my high school librarian. I am greatly in her debt. My family probably doesn’t see it that way, since I haunted used bookstores from High Point to Chapel Hill searching for the complete Lord Peter series. I remember finding the last one on Franklin Street as a friend and I were looking for prom shoes.


I was thinking of that quote today because my aunt asked me for some of the quotes I used at my graduation party (I made bookmarks and little signs with quotes on reading and books and libraries), so I sent her what I could remember. That’s always been one of my favorite scenes in that book, as he sleeps and she reads and realizes how important he has become to her.

Yesterday I checked out the second in the Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron (An aside: is it bad that I got interested in this series partly because Lauren Winner of Girl Meets God fame mentioned somewhere that she likes this series? Am I an insane stalker fangirl!?) and I finished it today at lunch. Thanks to my fantastic job, I was able to go right out to the stacks and grab the third. I had planned to work on my reading journal a bit during lunch, but I was so close to finishing the book that I did that instead. I always forget to write down which books I have read after I finish them – I’m usually too anxious to start another. But since I had the journal here with me, I decided to check. Unless I’ve forgotten something, I’ve already read almost 20 books this year!

Drunk on words, indeed.

(And, if you like British mysteries, do yourself a favor and check out Lord Peter. I’d start with the first one – Whose Body – or the first one featuring Harriet Vane – Strong Poison.)

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