Landline by Robin Rowell

By Robin Rowell

Georgie McCool is aware her marriage is in difficulty. That it’s been in difficulty for a very long time. She nonetheless loves her husband, Neal, and Neal nonetheless loves her, deeply — yet that nearly turns out in addition to the purpose now.

Maybe that was once continuously along with the point.

Two days prior to they’re speculated to stopover at Neal’s relatives in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t cross. She’s a television author, and something’s arise on her exhibit; she has to stick in l. a.. She is familiar with that Neal might be disenchanted along with her — Neal is usually a bit disappointed with Georgie — yet she doesn’t anticipate to him to close up the youngsters and pass domestic with no her.

When her husband and the youngsters go away for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s eventually performed it. If she’s ruined everything.

That evening, Georgie discovers the way to speak with Neal long ago. It’s no longer time trip, no longer precisely, yet she appears like she’s been given a chance to mend her marriage earlier than it starts off . . .

Is that what she’s alleged to do?

Or could Georgie and Neal be at an advantage if their marriage by no means occurred?

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March– June: publication of Les Misérables (novel), written – and –.  April: publication of William Shakespeare (literary criticism).  October: Charles Hugo marries Alice Lehaene.  October: publication of Songs of Street and Wood (Les Chansons des rues et des bois, verse), written  and .  March: publication of The Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la mer, novel).  August: birth of Charles’s son Georges.  August: death of Adèle I.  April– May: publication of The Laughing Man (L’Homme qui rit, novel).

Thus we find the spirit of melancholy and meditation and the demon of analysis and controversy appearing together–– virtually arm in arm. Longinus marks one end of this transitional age, Augustine* marks the other. We mustn’t eye the period too scornfully; it was the seedbed of everything that has come to fruition since, and (allow me to use a banal but expressive image) its second-rate writers made it a dunghill to fertilize the future harvest. The Middle Ages were grown from the Byzantine empire.

And what’s more, Boileau. ’ These are, no doubt, significant arguments (their most notable merit being their originality). But I don’t have any obligation to answer them. I’m not erecting any system here–– God preserve us from systems! I’m simply stating a fact. I’m writing history, not criticism. Like it or not, this is the way things are. To return to the point, then, let’s try to show that this fertile union of the grotesque with the sublime has been the origin of the modern spirit–– so complex, so varied in form, so infinite in its creations (in striking contrast to the uniform simplicity of the ancient spirit); this must be our point of departure, if we are to describe the real and radical difference between the two systems.

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