have i mentioned my secret, shamefaced love for the work of thomas stearns eliot?
. . .
i did in fact write 1 in march, only i now have to fill in a certain amount of research to complete it . . . namely, trudging through julie, ou la nouvelle héloïse, and perhaps that restless genius bio as well. thus the forthcoming preponderance of rousseau quotes over at the tumblr site.
i have no secret, shamefaced love for jean-jacques, but he is a character in this piece, so. i would not want to do him a disservice with shoddy research.
i have now cleaned up the first 6 chapters of the wolves, as well as the new prologue . . . which is not as much of a milestone as it sounds, because they were pretty much salvageable with some tweaks. now the real hacking starts.
i would love very much to work these in, but i suspect they are later than my time period—that is, i am pretty sure that i read somewhere that they are more of a 1760s thing? only at this point all my research is blurring together. but the idea is pretty cool:
floating baths. you could go in and have a wash. an interesting development considering how water-phobic the general culture was. all those movies, where they show folks bathing while dressed? true.