Oh, dear, two complaints from readers of Sailing to Purgatory, and both take me to task for referring to my literary hero, Shakespeare, too often.
|Genius in print ... The 'first folio' of collected brilliance. By Martin Droeshout - Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University , Public Domain, The image|
The gybes which arrived this week came as a surprise, I might say. I am a great admirer of that extraordinary wordsmith. But then aren't most of us?
Interestingly, they both say that my references from Shakespeare's works interrupted their reading. There they are engrossed in a storm, or reading of some ideal sailing, or amusing interchanges, when suddenly the wretched author brings in Shakespeare.
|Midsummer dreams ... William Blake's take on Oberon, Titania and Puck dancing in Midsummer Night's Dream. By William Blake - Tate Britain Image, Public Domain, The painting|
Ug, the criticism is a surprise and it does hurt as it was used only to add to the story. Of course, the comments inspire apologies from me, too. Very sorry, readers. I will be more careful in future.
I've just searched through the 259 pages on the PDF version of the story, and discovered that my hero enters briefly in ten scenes.
I confess I still can't see why it would interrupt the story, but have to accept it has for these two people who both declare themselves as dedicated readers of long-standing.
I've had a quick skim through the published critiques that have reached me, but none find fault with the quotations. Well, they are all offer a thumbs up.
In defence, these brief references come from pieces that most of us know well, that are in regular useage, in film, or in the media, or the stage. I used them to add to the descriptions of people, and to aspects of our lives that Shakespeare knew well.
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