Friday, February 3, 2012

Beginning patiently ~ or not

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver ~ by E. L. Konigsburg, 1973, children's fiction
"During her lifetime Eleanor of Aquitaine had not been a patient woman.  While she had lived, she had learned to bide her time, but biding one's time is a very different thing from patience.  After she had died, and before she had arrived in Heaven, it had been necessary for Eleanor to learn some patience.  Heaven wouldn't allow her Up until she had.  But there were times, like today, when she wasn't sure whether she had really learned any  patience at all or whether she had simply become too tired to be quarelsome."
You may remember that all my books from the library this week were about Eleanor of Aquitaine.  I had this one at the top of my library loot list for a reason —  because it's by an excellent author.  This first paragraph does indeed set the stage and invite me into the story, which begins (obviously) after the main character has died.  Very unusual, huh?  I look forward to getting into this one.

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8 comments:

mostraum said...

That was a very good beginning. Interesting.

JC Jones said...

What a great concept and how true to the character it sounds.

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the distinctions made between patience and biding one's time.

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SquirrelQueen said...

Well that is definitely an interesting beginning. I do wonder how Eleanor will take to heaven.

Tea said...

Never thought of it, "biding our time" and having "patience" are very different. I find the beginning very interesting.

Helen's Book Blog said...

I have read virtually nothing about the Tudors, I hope this one is interesting

yearofrandomreading said...

What an interesting choice -and an intriguing start...