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                       In Olden Times there was a king who had a very peaceful reign. Besides ruling very well and all of that the King was father to a young lady of extraordinary beauty.  There being a surplus of suitors and the King not very decisive he did decide to have a competition for his fair daughters’ hand.

                       In full armor the suitors were to run a race from the furthest field of the kingdom through the moat and to the castle wall. The first to touch the castle wall would win the Princess’ hand in marriage.

                       Of the competitors was young brave O’Reilly. He was just a bit cleverer than the rest you should know. When the race started O’Reilly led for a while until closing in on the moat. Realizing he might not win he cut off his hand and threw it at the castle wall. Splat did it hit against the wall and the king declared him the winner and thus did brave O’Reilly walk home with his bride.

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Damn Yankees…

I Mean that Damn Steinbrenner.

While never having been to the Bronx or Yankee Stadium ( I’ve stood outside of Wrigley, if that counts at all) I am still fuming over the lingering destruction of the House That Ruth Built. Why oh why, more skyboxes my gut tells me.  But seriously they could at least let it stand. It would be a living museum where the Little League and College Championships could take place. Right?

All the baseball historian has left is Wrigley Field and Fenway Park as destinations of glory. This is the only place I feel comfortable ranting and here my rant will stay. So there it was the Apple in the Eye of the Big Apple. I’m sure seats from the stadium will be sold for an exorbitant sum.

While I watched the All-Star game last night I almost shed a tear over so much history on the chopping block. Oh well, C’est la vie say the old folks which goes to show you never can tell.

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As of three weeks ago I have started reading Henry James’ The Bostonians.  From what the Internet and the Introduction to the book tells me, it was not a well received volume.  Oh well, I think it is funny and satirical. Since I no longer have access to literary magazines I will just have to wait until I go back to Grad school to have a deeper critical understanding of the novel. So far I have read 50 pages and it is extremely worth while. James has a cadence all his own that is a wonder to read. Olive Chancellor has been cloned many times over and still exists today. The Verena Tarrant type however is on the wane.  Basil Ransom, though not as chivalrous, also thrives in the American landscape. Through the first 75 pages one can see that it will be quite a struggle to own Ms. Tarrant.

The beginning of the book also affords the reader a view of the nascent feminism of the late 18th century.  James’ view is clear from the beginning.  Olive, for all her nervous suffering, has only money to give to the cause. While Ransom, having steeled himself against the rhetoric of feminism, becomes enamored of Verena. One must remember that at this time Women still couldn’t vote. Not only are the women of the novel fighting for suffrage but in their minds there  also exists a panacea that can cure all the wounds of society.  To paraphrase a question Olive asks of Basil, don’t you want to make this world a better place? , yes Olive we all do. But to quote a famous mayor of New York: Each of us is exactly as God made us, some of us are just a little bit worse.

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