Some tame gazelle ebook
by Barbara Pym
In the interval, during which he enjoyed some excellent coffee and cakes, Father Plowman talked to the elder Miss Bede . I think perhaps it’s a mistake to ask him too often, you know. It seems no time since he was last here. ‘Why, Belinda, it’s nearly three weeks,’ said Harriet indignantly.
In the interval, during which he enjoyed some excellent coffee and cakes, Father Plowman talked to the elder Miss Bede about the death-watch beetle and gave her a short dissertation on its habits. Yes, I suppose it must be.
Barbara Pym (1913–1980) was born in Oswestry, Shropshire. During the war she served in the WRNS in Britain and Naples. Her first novel, Some Tame Gazelle, was published in 1950, and was followed by Excellent Women (1952), Jane and Prudence (1953), Less than Angels (1955), A Glass of Blessings (1958) and No Fond Return of Love (1961).
It was a little difficult to guide his choice, but eventually he went away with some thrillers and the selected poems of the Earl of Rochester, a volume of which Belinda was particularly fond. It had been given to her by Dr Parnell on her twenty-first birthday.
Besides a cake and some apple jelly, she was taking some very special late plums which she had been guarding jealously for the last few weeks
Besides a cake and some apple jelly, she was taking some very special late plums which she had been guarding jealously for the last few weeks. She hurried along, hoping that she would not meet anybody on the way, as she and Belinda were going to tea with Count Bianco and she had not much time. She therefore felt very annoyed when she saw the Archdeacon coming towards her, and would have hurried on, had they not come face to face on the pavement.
Some Tame Gazelle is Barbara Pym's first novel, originally published in 1950
Some Tame Gazelle is Barbara Pym's first novel, originally published in 1950. It is considered a remarkable first novel, because of the way in which the youthful Pym - who began the book while a student at Oxford before the Second World War - imagined herself into the situation of a middle-aged spinster, living with her sister in the country. The title of the book is taken from the poem "Something to Love" by Thomas Haynes Bayly.
Barbara Pym. ‘One’s feet always get so tired standing about. ted crêpe de Chine dress and coatee she was wearing. Harriet glanced down too. ‘I always think low heels are so dowdy,’ she said. Besides, high heels are definitely the fashion no. Yes, I suppose they are,’ agreed Belinda, for Harriet always knew things like that
Novelist Barbara Pym was born in Shropshire and educated at Oxford University.
Novelist Barbara Pym was born in Shropshire and educated at Oxford University. Since then, a number of popular works have been published. Often compared with the works of Jane Austen in both manner and subject, Pym's novels are apparently guileless evocations of the foibles of aging and isolated characters.
SOME TAME GAZELLE was her first published book (1950) and it's a quietly acute look at English middle class life in the immediate post-WWII period. Two retired sisters live together in a village. As Pym and her sister would in their later years. Some tame gazelle, or some gentle dove: Something to love, oh, something to love! I would call this a little comfy, cozy book and in the proper place and time I certainly do enjoy them as I did this one. The spinster sisters Harriet and Belinda live in a small village where it does seem that everyone knows everyone. Their world revolves around their churches, church life and especially the curates, archdeacons, and bishops.