In this week's chapter of The Quaker City, we learn of
a uxorious merchant's married life,
the game of a 19th century con artist,
letters of deception
Come read to find out who "beheld a sight that filled him with unutterable horror."
Discover who "never dreamed himself that he carried a hidden hell within his soul. "
And if you dare, learn what causes the silence that lasts "for a single instant, like the silence in the graveyard, between the last word of the prayer, and the first rattling sound of the clods upon the coffin.
Do you dare?
Then read on:
I'm struck by Lippard's physical description of Brynewood in Chap 3:
" the slight yet well-proportioned form of Byrnewood, which now and then became visible as the wind flung his voluminous cloak back from his shoulders . . . the light and agile footstep . . . the pale solemn face of the young Merchant . . . the long dark hair which fell sweeping to the very shoulders"
Sounds like a portait of Lippard himself. Check out the portraits I've posted on the Front Page. Does Lippard identify with Byrnewood?
I just posted a few notes for the first chapter of Quaker City. You'll find a little info and links for
the statehouse (Independence Hall)
Miller the prophet
Darley (the illustrator)
I've posted two chapters today for your reading enjoyment:
I'll be working on the annotations for the first three chapters and will post them sometime today or tonight.
And if you like reading The Quaker City, spread the word. Tell your relatives. Email your friends. Read Lippard.
I've posted the first chapter, "The Wager in the Oyster-Cellar."
I didn't have time to put together the notes for chapter one yet, but stay tuned, they will appear very soon. Annotations will be an ongoing project anyway and I will from time to time revise them as I continue my research. I'll always post updates on this blog.
Enjoy the first chapter and feel free to share your opinions, about Quaker City, about Lippard, about Philadelphia, about this project, about me and my editorial skills (or lack thereof).
I've created this journal page as an accompaniment to the online serialization of George Lippard's The Quaker City; or, the Monks of Monk Hall. I'll post news and information about the serialization and keep you informed of my Lippardian researches. Most importantly, I hope you'll post your own comments about the novel as you read along each week.
New chapters will be posted every Saturday. The whole serialization should take about a year.
Thanks for reading,