Good grief, Ellen, where do you come up with these stories? This was brilliant. I could just see Caroline's expression when being called a "witch" and a "scarecrow"! Thanks for keeping me so well entertained.
Thanks, ladies! I felt it would be entertaining if the characters who lived their lives observing all the strict rules of propriety found themselves loosened up a little by something more mind-bending than alcohol. I considered ergot poisoning, but its effects were too serious. Then when I found the note about psychedelic mushrooms at Wikipedia, it had the right time frame and locale (1799 London? Who knew?), and I thought, why not?
Well, my good friend. This is the most delightful and sexy piece I have read in a loooong time. I really thought I would not find something better after I read your fantabulous "Lesson and Return" but here it is. It is simply a braiwave. Superb. I say...what else do you have in store? Will you be able to surpass yourself yet again? Oh! I am green with envy at your ideas!
what else do you have in store? Will you be able to surpass yourself yet again?
The real question, Eli, is whether I can surpass YOU!
And *cough* I can attest to the authenticity of the yawning...
LOL! Julie! I was wondering if I got any of it right. I somehow managed to live through the '60s, '70s and '80s without having smoked, snorted, ingested, injected, popped or inhaled anything, so I had to rely on that one Wikipedia article for background! I don't know -- should they have gotten "the munchies" too?
will you ever evolve it into something more? even better, something happen at rosing this time
Hmmmmm, that would be fun, wouldn't it? I'll keep that in mind These short stories are a hoot. But I'd really love to write another full-length story...if I can come up with something worthy of Mrs. Darcy's!
Ellen, Ive had a trying week, which went badly wrong yesterday with a house fire that destroyed the family kitchen and utility. Today, back at work and wishing I were home to sort out the mess I decided to read a short story that I hoped would make me laugh. Yours was perfect, I enjoyed it very much indeed.
Thanks, I think I might see what else of yours I can read.
Hee hee....I thought I started to read some of your others, the Food of Love and the Lesson being shorts....then I remembered what they were about and decided that work, probably wasnt appropriate...at least not when my monitor is in full view!
I do enjoy your stories though, and will no doubt read them time and time again.
I've just reread this for the third time since first seeing it in 2007 and thought that I really should tell you that I enjoy it and not only enjoy it. I very much like your stories in general, but this one is just so quirky and funny, as well as creative, evocative and surprisingly sweet.
And, having been a San Francisco teenager in the late seventies, it does bring back some interesting memories, some of which are very close to the waterfall.
It's very impressive how clever you are in doing something like this in a way that rings so true both to its original context and characters and to our modern understanding, all the while with such a light (and pleasing ) touch.