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Chapter 41: Missteps

This chapter deals with several things, including the potential minefield of late 19th and early 20th-century flirtation games (which are discussed at some length in L.M. Montgomery's journals, though they never make it into the Emily books-- I suspect Emily, like Maud, primly declined to participate) and how much I hate that stupid "Woman Who Spanked the King" story that everyone in canon loves so much. I mean seriously. It is a story about a woman who works at Balmoral in the days of Queen Victoria, and one day Little Bertie or whatever got into some scrape with her son so she spanked them both, THE END. Only it iss a fery peculiar and comical Highland Scotch accent she will be telling the story in, oh yess, so you will be laughing at it fery much, for comical Scotch accents make everything funny. Or something. "The Woman Who Spanked the King" and its many admirers are the only thing in the Emily books that makes me feel meaningfully distant from the time in which they were written and the earlier (idealized) time in which they take place. It can't be helped now, and it's good to be reminded of such distances, and I've always been happy to love Maud's books as much for their flaws as for their excellences.

But I still hate that stupid story.


Anyway, if you were worried about getting your recommended daily dose of angst, Chapter 41 will set you up for the rest of the week. Next time. . . slightly less angst?

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