Wednesday, January 16

Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing is a delightful surprise after Gradgrind, and actually grinding Hard Times' itself into the mental 'swallow-me-up-now-please' ground through going over it. I presume she is the character people told me I would enjoy most... plus, it is delightful to find out that the play is quite short: no lengthy waffle, I hope. I did appreciate studying and analysing Hard Times, yet I can't imagine myself ever choosing to read it purely for pleasure: the time for a change is more than over-ripe, and Shakespearean wit wouldn't go amiss!

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