Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Later that night...

It's 9.9.09. Luckily, I am not entirely deranged, as I have not been seized by a sudden belief in numerology (thereby madness lies), but I do like the pleasing pattern in today's date... All of which may or may not have something to do with the fact that I have been writing about Chanel no. 5, and the significance (or otherwise) that Coco Chanel attached to numbers...
Now, I'm going to take a deep breath, and count to ten, and then return to Coco...

17 comments:

Marsha Moore said...

Very, very creepy!

Justine Picardie said...

Appallingly so...

Jenny said...

Hello
I'm jenny and I#m from austria
i just have a very important question, I have my a levels this year and I decided to choose Daphne du Maurier as a main topic. So I just wanted to know if you could tell me where i can get important informations or something. you did a great job by writing "daphne", i would like to write something special too..
perhaps, just if you have time and you would like, you could email me or anything. I would be very glad. sorry for this comment, but i dont know how i should contact you.

Justine Picardie said...

Jenny, you should start by reading Du Maurier herself, which I assume you've already done (Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, etc; plus her short stories). Then I'd recommend a book published by Virago, edited by Helen Taylor (professor of English at Exeter University, and an expert on Du Maurier): The Du Maurier Companion, which I think would be very helpful for A-levels.
Good luck!

oxford-reader said...

You're not deranged, but I might be - the protection code for this comment is 'exesse', which isn't spelt right, but seems to lend a certain something to your two midnight posts. And I just ran the spell check over it (something you mentioned doing a bit in 'If the Spirit Moves You') and it came up with expenses .... excess and expense, hmmm.

Strangely that was not what I was going to say when I pressed the comment button - maybe 10.15 is my witching hour!

Justine Picardie said...

Doubtless Derren Brown would have something to say on the subject.
As for spellcheck -- where is Lady Prudentia when you need her?

Scot D. Ryersson said...

Dear Justine: Scot and Michael here...authors of the new Casati book...would love to hear from you at e-mail: marchesacasati@yahoo.com

Justine Picardie said...

Thanks for getting in touch. Will email you now. I love your Marchesa Casati book -- the most amazing story. I didn't know anything about her until coming across her story via Cecil Beaton's book.

Knitting Out Loud said...

I find the scariest time not to be midnight (though I will never forget midnight in Hour of the Wolf, which as teenagers we used to watch over and over in Harvard Square's great Brattle Theater)but rather 3am, when one wakes up with the heebie jeebies. Lastly, I'm loving Jane Eyre, the book as well as the character. Love the fire and ice theme and the slightly surreal dialogue between Jane and Rochester. Thank you for writing about it.

Justine Picardie said...

3 in the morning, when the rest of the world seems to be gone -- that's the worst hour, when you're lying awake. And that's the time when the first Mrs Rochester comes down from the locked attic...

Justine Picardie said...

By the way, can I just say that Derren Brown's 'deep math' is deely frustrating, and not at all the same as magic numbers...

oxford-reader said...

I find Derren Brown himself deeply fustrating!

Justine Picardie said...

He is both frustrating and intriguing; but his explanations always thwarting...

Justine Picardie said...

And now I have to add one more comment, so the list isn't left at 13.

kevinhil123 said...

whats Coco Channel??

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Louise said...

Justine, have just stopped laughing from a friend forwarding a link to your column this weekend in the Sunday Telegraph.

I was that 'thrifty shopper' who you referred to in your piece that bought the Chinese robe in Liverpool. Can't believe the way the story has travelled. I was walking along a road in Liverpool a couple of weeks back and I was 'mobbed' by some people in a second hand clothes shop asking to know how to 'find' something similar to the robe! The women who own the shop reported that every other person who had come into the shop made reference to 'the robe'.

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