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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:44 am
by Saturn
Okay I've guessed, racked my brains, and spent half an hour reading every reference to Brown in my copy of the letters.

I give up :(

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:09 am
by Malia
I'll give you a hint. He mentioned this to (I believe) Fanny Brawne--it was either Fanny Brawne or Fanny Keats--while he was convalescing after his first heamorrige in January 1820. (That'll help wheedle down the number of letters you have to go through :wink: )

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:18 am
by Saturn
Okay it was that he spilt blackcurrant jelly on the book and tried to lick it off :lol:

As for the creation... :?:

The word purplue which appears in.....

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:25 am
by Malia
You're right, Saturn :)
He spilt jelly on the book (what a clumsy boy ;) ) and created the word "purplue".

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:19 am
by Credo Buffa
I've been "artistically" inspired by this latest trivia question. Check it out: http://rampantwhistler.livejournal.com/110438.html

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:35 am
by Saturn
Credo Buffa wrote:I've been "artistically" inspired by this latest trivia question. Check it out: http://rampantwhistler.livejournal.com/110438.html


Very interesting - is this your own site Credo or a kind of on-line diary?

I like coining words myself 'melancholody' being my favourite - a cross between melancholy and melody :wink:

I was trying to describe a piece of music I think and this just came into my head. I think it's on my list of names if I ever form a band :o

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:23 pm
by Credo Buffa
Saturn wrote:Very interesting - is this your own site Credo or a kind of on-line diary?

Yup, this is my "online diary" though it's really much more random than that :wink:. Actually, Livejournal is almost more a way of life. . . but I won't get into that.

Saturn wrote:I like coining words myself 'melancholody' being my favourite - a cross between melancholy and melody :wink:

I was trying to describe a piece of music I think and this just came into my head. I think it's on my list of names if I ever form a band :o

So how do you define "melancholody'? A melancholy melody, I suppose?

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:45 pm
by Malia
Those are great icons, Credo Buffa :) I especially like the one that says "oops". If Keats only knew how inspiring he can be! :wink:

Speaking of new words, my favorite "creation" is 'fantabulous' (of course that is a cross between fantastic and fabulous). :lol:

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:49 pm
by Saturn
Credo Buffa wrote:So how do you define "melancholody'? A melancholy melody, I suppose?


Yes precisely :wink:

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:05 pm
by Credo Buffa
OK, so who's got the next question?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:15 pm
by Malia
Saturn answered my Ben Johnson question, so he has the next turn :)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:18 pm
by Saturn
Right here you go:

When Keats was in Rome he once asked Brown to write to him about Fanny Brawne as he dared not wriote to her in his wretchedness.

He asked Brown to put a sign on his letter if she was well.

What was the sign?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:52 pm
by Malia
The sign was: +
(Ok, if I know that one off the top of my head, I've been reading Keats's letters waaay too much! :lol: )
Poor guy--it's so painful to think of his days in Rome. . .but, wow, what a story!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:54 pm
by Saturn
Correct - just re-reading that letter was painful - so tragic :cry:

Now your turn :wink:

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:00 am
by Malia
Okay, keeping with the theme of tragic scenes ;), here's a biographical piece of trivia:

When Keats was staying at Hunt's house in the summer of 1820, Hunt saw Keats looking out the window one day in a manner "more alarming than usual". He decided they go out for a drive. Once they reached Well Walk, they got out of the carriage and sat together on a familiar bench where Keats used to sit with his brother Tom in happier days. What, according to Hunt's account, did Keats do and say as they sat on the bench together?

(I'm looking for a specific action and specific words Hunt quotes Keats as having said.)

Good luck!