...by way of a break from the intensive scary/Halloween-themed books I was reading over the last month. Among them:
Austen's Sense and Sensibility ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14448389/
), always a joy - with the only drawback being that once I begin re-reading Austen it's hard to stop 'til I've hit all the books again.
And on audiobook, Trollope's He Knew He Was Right ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5572358/
), which mixes a slew of romantic subplots with the main story about an otherwise fine young man who lets his own jealousy ruin his marriage. Despite that dark note, much of the book's quite amusing, with even the "will they or won't they?" questions about the various other couples being resolved relatively easily. And, to my delight, the audiobook reminded me of an amusing bit of fourth-wall-breaking by the author, one that I probably skimmed past while reading the text. Fairly late in the book, the scene has switched yet again to follow a different subset of characters, and the chapter opens thusly:
"It is rather hard upon readers that they should be thus hurried from the completion of hymeneals at Florence to the preparations for other hymeneals in Devonshire; but it is the nature of a complex story to be entangled with many weddings towards its close. In this little history there are, we fear, three or four more to come. We will not anticipate by alluding prematurely to Hugh Stanbury's treachery, or death, or the possibility that he after all may turn out to be the real descendant of the true Lord Peterborough and the actual inheritor of the title and estate of Monkhams, nor will we speak of Nora's certain fortitude under either of these emergencies. But the instructed reader must be aware that Camilla French ought to have a husband found for her; that Colonel Osborne should be caught in some matrimonial trap, as how otherwise should he be fitly punished? and that something should be at least attempted for Priscilla Stanbury, who from the first has been intended to be the real heroine of these pages. That Martha should marry Giles Hickbody, and Barty Burgess run away with Mrs MacHugh, is of course evident to the meanest novel-expounding capacity..."
From there he gets back to the story proper, but I admit the whole thing - especially the speculation as to the not-really-gonna-happen plot-twists - tickled me.