Los Angeles Times publishes an article about good bad books. The author, Stephen Bayley, explains his views about such books that "you could be amused or excited by what the intellect despises". Reading this interesting article is worthwhile. The Brontë reference that brings it to this blog appears at the end:
Alberto Manguel, Jorge Luis Borges' amanuensis, explained how the writer used to treasure terrible lines from literature. One was a character in John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi" who says, "We are merely the stars' tennis balls." Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" contains this shocker: "I had no desire to aggravate his impatience, previous to inspecting his penetralium." (The quote is from Chapter 1)
Well, even Emily has her bad days...
Note: Penetralia: 1. The innermost parts of a building, especially the sanctuary of a temple. 2. The most private or secret parts; recesses: the penetralia of the soul.
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