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Brock
1388968.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:31 am Reply with quote

Yes, I think an attic has to be wholly or at least partly inside the roof, by definition. The passage from Wilde's novel suggests strongly to me that the room is on the top floor, not in the attic:

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"I will show you the way, Mr. Hubbard, if you will kindly follow me. Or perhaps you had better go in front. I am afraid it is right at the top of the house. We will go up by the front staircase, as it is wider.”

He held the door open for them, and they passed out into the hall and began the ascent. The elaborate character of the frame had made the picture extremely bulky, and now and then, in spite of the obsequious protests of Mr. Hubbard, who had the true tradesman’s spirited dislike of seeing a gentleman doing anything useful, Dorian put his hand to it so as to help them.

“Something of a load to carry, sir,” gasped the little man when they reached the top landing. And he wiped his shiny forehead.


Looks as though the authors of Cliffs Notes may have fallen for an urban myth!


Last edited by Brock on Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:40 am; edited 1 time in total

 
AlmondFacialBar
1388969.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:39 am Reply with quote

That said, certainly the nursery might have well been in the attic space, just going by the general layout of townhouses at the time (going by one of these Victorian hotel kips around Paddington I once stayed in and my generally decent knowledge of Georgian Dublin which is probably not all that different to Georgian London in that respect and would certainly have defined Oscar's idea of normal). Only then by my definition that would no longer be an attic.

:-)

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Brock
1388970.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:42 am Reply with quote

Hmm, well it sounds a bit grand for an attic room to me:

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He had not entered the place for more than four years—not, indeed, since he had used it first as a play-room when he was a child, and then as a study when he grew somewhat older. It was a large, well-proportioned room, which had been specially built by the last Lord Kelso for the use of the little grandson whom, for his strange likeness to his mother, and also for other reasons, he had always hated and desired to keep at a distance. It appeared to Dorian to have but little changed. There was the huge Italian cassone, with its fantastically painted panels and its tarnished gilt mouldings, in which he had so often hidden himself as a boy. There the satinwood book-case filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks. On the wall behind it was hanging the same ragged Flemish tapestry where a faded king and queen were playing chess in a garden, while a company of hawkers rode by, carrying hooded birds on their gauntleted wrists. How well he remembered it all! Every moment of his lonely childhood came back to him as he looked round. He recalled the stainless purity of his boyish life, and it seemed horrible to him that it was here the fatal portrait was to be hidden away. How little he had thought, in those dead days, of all that was in store for him!

 
AlmondFacialBar
1388971.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 9:45 am Reply with quote

Brock wrote:
Hmm, well it sounds a bit grand for an attic room to me:

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He had not entered the place for more than four years—not, indeed, since he had used it first as a play-room when he was a child, and then as a study when he grew somewhat older. It was a large, well-proportioned room, which had been specially built by the last Lord Kelso for the use of the little grandson whom, for his strange likeness to his mother, and also for other reasons, he had always hated and desired to keep at a distance. It appeared to Dorian to have but little changed. There was the huge Italian cassone, with its fantastically painted panels and its tarnished gilt mouldings, in which he had so often hidden himself as a boy. There the satinwood book-case filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks. On the wall behind it was hanging the same ragged Flemish tapestry where a faded king and queen were playing chess in a garden, while a company of hawkers rode by, carrying hooded birds on their gauntleted wrists. How well he remembered it all! Every moment of his lonely childhood came back to him as he looked round. He recalled the stainless purity of his boyish life, and it seemed horrible to him that it was here the fatal portrait was to be hidden away. How little he had thought, in those dead days, of all that was in store for him!


True, that. HA! Cliffs Notes got it wrong!

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Brock
1388975.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 10:07 am Reply with quote

Oh, that's not the first blunder I've found in Cliffs Notes. Wait... I may have a thread for the T series...

EDIT: post 1388976

 
Jenny
1388986.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 11:08 am Reply with quote

In Victorian houses with a staircase up to the attic, the attic often did become a nursery or schoolroom though, often furnished with bits of furniture cast off from the rest of the house. The ragged tapestry and the dog-eared schoolbooks suggest that, at any rate.

 
Jenny
1388999.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:42 pm Reply with quote

I'm not so much listening to as watching and listening to Dara o Briain on YouTube, which made me laugh a lot.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1389000.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:45 pm Reply with quote

Good man, Dara is...

:-)

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Efros
1389020.  Sun Sep 05, 2021 3:10 pm Reply with quote

According to my ever watchful phone this is what I listened to over the last hour or so.

 
Celebaelin
1389140.  Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:34 am Reply with quote

Iron Maiden - Senjutsu (full album)

I'm only half way through the first track so far so I'll hold off on any lengthy comments but from what I've heard so far it's got the potential to be my favourite album of theirs to date; not something you'll often hear genuinely meant in reference to a band that have been releasing albums for coming up on 45 years.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1389168.  Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:08 am Reply with quote

Talking Heads Live in Rome 1980

So fucking amazing I don't even mind the 1980 sound quality!

:-)

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Celebaelin
1389256.  Wed Sep 08, 2021 2:21 am Reply with quote

Senjutsu (see above) is less instantly recognisable as an Iron Maiden album than any other I can think of although occasional elements betray the authorship of the tracks - that said my Maiden knowledge is less than encyclopaedic.

I'm going to be critical now although as I've said previously I rate this album highly - more highly than any other Irons offering I've heard in its entirety.

My usual opinion of Maiden albums, like many albums in truth, is that there are one or two decent tracks and a lot of filler but this is not the case here. That said the guitar breaks do on occasion have the feel of being dropped into a slot rather than being integral. Death of the Celts sucks ass for the most part and The Parchment has dull stretches in its 12:40 playtime which you can't help but feel could have been avoided. 8 of the tracks are between 7:10 and 12:40 while the other 2 are ~4:00 and ~5:00 though you could easily cut 2:15 off the beginning of Hell On Earth without damaging it in the slightest plus another 0:30 or so in the middle from 6:50 to 7:20 and between 1:30 and as much as another 2:30 off the playout and it'd still come in at something around 6 or 7 minutes.

I don't imagine that the majority of the album tracks will get much airplay (not that they ever would have done).

 
Celebaelin
1389434.  Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:19 am Reply with quote

Classical Composer Reacts to Inca Roads (Frank Zappa)

 
Celebaelin
1390003.  Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:11 pm Reply with quote

T'pau - Bridge of Spies

It's been a long time since I listened to the album in full but I'm struggling to see how this version is 'expanded'.

 
AlmondFacialBar
1390702.  Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:10 am Reply with quote

Steely Dan Shoreline Amphitheatre 1993

Gloriously groovy... 🎶🎹😊🎸🎵

:-)

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