John Cole, Claude, Elizabeth Jayne discussed on Backlisted



Work. It's so clear that she is working towards something unpleasant. You know, the truth is that under current, isn't there just unease kind of women kind of fitting their lives around kind of domestic obligations and then they're being something toxic in that that's going to come to a head. Absolutely. It's absolutely right, Andrew, because then, you know, that scene is so hilarious when misses Cole ends up, she ends up face down in her dinner. Yeah, it's funny, but also you're thinking because she there's a part of you that thinks she is like this because of John Cole. There are things that John Cole does not want to reveal about his life. He doesn't want to reveal certain details about his daughter. He doesn't want to reveal certain details about his wife. He comes across as you say is this as a good and as a charmer, but again, there's something in disguise that there's something that he doesn't want to show. I'm going to ask Laura to read a bit in a minute, but we've got some very rare extracts of Elizabeth Jones herself reading from this novel something in disguise. And you can choose panel, which you would rather hear. Would you rather hear Elizabeth Jayne had read about Elizabeth's cat Claude or would you rather hear her read a section about mayonnaise? Mayonnaise. I mean Claude is a star in the book. Claude stars in the book anyway. Let's go with Mayo. Right. It was 25 to 8 and the colonel was doling out sparse portions of the salmon trout. Not all this, he said. He saw the mayonnaise. Oliver answered immediately. It is a source made of egg yolks and olive oil and flavored with black pepper and vinegar called mayonnaise. It was invented by a French general's chef at the siege from mayon, hence its name. How interesting that you should never have encountered it before. The colonel put down his servers and glad steadily at his stepson. May I said Herbert didn't mean that, did you die? He meant what's it doing here finished Oliver? Ah, well, Liz made it with a bit of help from me. We thought you'd like a sauce with a military background. There was an incompatible silence while the colonel served the fish and handed plates to May for new potatoes and peas. Then he said, I'm all for plain English cooking herself. You know, I think she is walking that tightrope between what is funny and what is deeply macabre. And dangerous and this comes back to the way she represents gender relations all the way through the book. Quite early on, Elizabeth describes stepfather her, but she says, he gives me the creeps, or just to be poor and funny, but he isn't. And all of us that's what it's for. It's a pompous old fool. An Elizabeth says you're not a woman you wouldn't understand..

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