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03:39 pm
Oh wonderful wonderful stripèd pair of pants that I bought a week ago. 100% cotton doesn't attract the fluff, and stripes don't show the grunge, that cotton-polyester does. I'm wearing them for the seventh consecutive day and they look and smell just fine. So glad I bought a second pair. Only drawback of 100% cotton: ironing.

Still with Dracula. So Van Helsing says the night Lucy dies that he'll stake her and cut off her head and would Seward bring him the surgeon's tools to do it. And then he doesn't do it, but spends the night pacing about the Westenra house. Why?

Still with The Famished Road. Goodreads readers can't be having with it at all: 'gave up a quarter of the way through. Nothing happens.' I seem to recall this is true of Latin-American magical realism as well. Nothing happens and the powerful prey on the powerless. Depressing. Okri says, "It is also meant to be a humorous book – from the perspective of the spirits, the deeds and furies of men are tinged with absurdity." I just find it hard to view things from the pov of the spirits.

Finished The Year's Best SFF Stories. Didn't get any cheerfuller either. Ah well.

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From:incandescens
Date:April 24th, 2016 10:55 pm (UTC)
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In Doylian terms, I suppose it's because Stoker wants to have Lucy wandering round as a vampire, at least for a little while. In Watsonian terms... I think I'd have to reread the book to remember what the excuse was. :)
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From:flemmings
Date:April 25th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
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I looked, but unless I'm missing a detail, there's no explanation. Possibly Stoker just forgot what he'd written?
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From:incandescens
Date:April 25th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
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Well, we do have the bit:

I must have slept long and soundly, for it was broad daylight when Van Helsing waked me by coming into my room. He came over to my bedside and said:--

"You need not trouble about the knives; we shall not do it."

"Why not?" I asked. For his solemnity of the night before had greatly impressed me.

"Because," he said sternly, "it is too late--or too early. See!" Here he held up the little golden crucifix. "This was stolen in the night."

"How, stolen," I asked in wonder, "since you have it now?"

"Because I get it back from the worthless wretch who stole it, from the woman who robbed the dead and the living. Her punishment will surely come, but not through me; she knew not altogether what she did and thus unknowing, she only stole. Now we must wait."

He went away on the word, leaving me with a new mystery to think of, a new puzzle to grapple with.


(courtesy of Project Gutenberg)

But I don't think that we ever get an explanation of why that should make a difference.
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From:flemmings
Date:April 25th, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
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Thank you. But no, I can't see why it would make a difference whether she's protected or not.
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From:yumiyoshi
Date:April 25th, 2016 03:37 am (UTC)
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re: the pants ... I had a similar issue until I discovered how to optimize the permanent press cycle. Do you have access to a nice dryer?
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From:flemmings
Date:April 25th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
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I do indeed. Nice dryers solve wrinkles? Shall use.
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From:yumiyoshi
Date:April 25th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Awesome!

I don't know the specific settings that your dryer will have, but in general: use permanent press, turn on "auto wrinkles out" if available. My dryer is fairly old so yours could have even better settings. It's also crucial NOT to overload, but it's annoyingly hard to know how much is too much. I deal by only drying the things I really care about not wrinkling on the PP cycle (cotton blouses, certain dresses/trousers).

The theory, if you wish: the PP cycle starts out hot and moist, then rapidly drops the temperature so that it dries cold - it's basically steam pressing without the press. The constant turning and tossing keeps wrinkles from forming. But that also means less drying power, thus, there's a rapid drop in efficiency if you put a lot in. (You'll only get cold damp clothes out of it, and you can't just rerun the PP cycle because those will dry faster than the cycle intends ... so you're just SOL. Ask me how I know. =_=)

Edited at 2016-04-25 03:44 pm (UTC)
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From:flemmings
Date:April 26th, 2016 02:18 am (UTC)
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Thank you. My dryer is, I fancy, even older than yours, since it was already installed in the house I bought in '87. ^_^ Could probably save hugely on energy if I bought a new one, but I rarely use the dryer anyway. Either basement line-dry or outside line-dry are my preferred options, so I'm likely only to dry my stripey pants that way.

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