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APS TOGETHER

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles Day 8

December 10, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp 142-158 (from “When she arrived at the tip of the island" through “something would happen to interfere with her departure.”)

Looking at the dark boardwalk, “Miss Goering, usually so timorous, was not frightened…She even felt…elation…common in certain unbalanced but sanguine persons… [who] approach the thing they fear.” (p.142) Bowles too did what frightened her most.



Dick’s radical politics suggest that “It is wise to destroy yourself…at least to keep only that part of you which can be of use to a big group of people.” (p.156) Parodic, perhaps, but less outré than one might wish.



Miss Goering, less gnomic than she seems, argues that humanity’s problem is that they (we?!) “hold on so hard…to all the ideals by which they have always lived,” (p.157) clarified as “the dark and all the dragons” – mythical terrors, indeed

Daily Reading

Day 1

December 3, 2020 | Chapter 1, p. 1-18 (through “She was not sure that she did not find him a bit too familiar.”)

Day 2

December 4, 2020 | Finish Chapter 1

Day 3

December 5, 2020 | Chapter 2, p. 37-62 (through “The other two women looked across the street and they all watched him disappear.”)

Day 4

December 6, 2020 | Chapter 2, pp. 63-83 (through “Oh, I’d love to Pacifica,” said Mrs. Copperfield, running out of the room.”)

Day 5

December 7, 2020 | Chapter 2, pp. 83-102 (from “When Mrs. Copperfield arrived in Mrs. Quill’s room" through “Mrs. Quill was dignified and remote and did not give her the lavish thanks which she had been expecting.”)

Day 6

December 8, 2020 | Finish Chapter 2, pp. 102-121 (from “Early the next morning Mrs. Copperfield and Pacifica were together in Pacifica’s bedroom" through “Listen, your pal’s been out of the room two whole minutes already. She’s gone to look for Pacifica.")

Day 7

December 9, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 123-142 (through “She held her hand over her heart and smiled to herself.”)

Day 8

December 10, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp 142-158 (from “When she arrived at the tip of the island" through “something would happen to interfere with her departure.”)

Day 9

December 11, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 159-176 (from “She noticed with a faint hear” through “shortly she fell into a deep sleep.”)

Day 10

December 12, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 176-196 (from “At about five thirty on the following afternoon" through “Then all three of them politely bade good-by to Andy’s back and left the room.”)

Day 11

December 13, 2020 | Chapter 3, pp. 196-210 (from “Arnold’s father had been sitting in the ice-cream parlor" through “He’s never going to listen to me,” Miss Goering said to herself.")

Day 12

December 14, 2020 | Finish Chapter 3, pp. 211-End


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