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So readers are often compelled to join characters on the meal from hell. And this column is dedicated to all the grossest, saddest foods out there in the realm of fiction. The dire lunches consumed in institutional canteens smelling of overboiled vegetables. Three-day-old balti chicken for breakfast, because the bread has a pale green fuzz and the milk smells suspiciously sour. The thin gruel that Oliver Twist and the other famished orphans are forced to eat every single day. The “nauseous mess” of burnt porridge that a starving Jane Eyre must consume. The cabbage soup, which is the only thing that the Buckets can afford in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Shabnam Minwalla)The Vancouver Sun lists the most popular names for babies in British Columbia:
4. Emily is a medieval form of the Latin name Aemilia, meaning striving or eager. Other sources say the name may be derived from the Latin word “aemulus”, meaning rival. The name had a revival in the 19th century and is very common in North America and Britain. Emily Brontë and Emily Dickenson are two famous poets who bore the name, which has been popular since the 1970s. It is also the name shared by actresses Emily Blunt and Emily Deschanel. (Tiffany Crawford)A reader of the Sidney Morning Herald replies to one previous article and mentions the Brontës:
As a man who has read Dickens, DeLillo and Doctorow (as well as Austen, Atwood, Byatt, Winterson, Gaskell, the Brontë sisters and many others), I would like to see Elizabeth Farrelly extend her analysis by focusing on how relentlessly simplistic and manipulative advertising across all media platforms helps drive stereotypical thinking about gender roles, attitudes and behaviours, thereby reinforcing many aspects of misogyny.Romance or Not Romance? reviews Shirley and Becky's Book Reviews posts about Jane Eyre.
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