Shirley and Shirley (and Laverne)

Still reading Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. Still have no idea who Shirley is.

Once you get over the fact that this isn’t another Jane Eyre, the story is oddly interesting. The writing gets rather purple at times, but sometimes you find a little gem, such as this one from the scene where Caroline goes to visit an old maid named Miss Mann:

To avoid excitement was one of Miss Mann’s aims in life. She had been composing herself ever since she came down in the morning, and had just attained a certain lethargic state of tranquillity when the visitor’s knock at the door startled her, and undid her day’s work.


Meanwhile, I’m amazed to find out what a good show Laverne and Shirley was. A lot of it had to do with the two stars, of course. Here’s a little moment from very early on — the pilot, I think. They’re still getting the hang of it, perhaps, but the comedic timing is spot on. From 0:23 to 0:47.


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