A Division in the Tapestry Artfully Constructed

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This weekend’s verse prompted this from Lynn Foster, a First Day Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club and my fellow Ontarian:

Well that made me laugh out loud …perfect and quite unexpected!

Thank you, Lynn. Glad you feel that way – and, for those who haven’t seen it, I hope you’ll check it out on Lynn’s recommendation.

In tonight’s episode of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Henry Tilney gives her a preview of her bedroom at the abbey:

“After a very short search, you will discover a division in the tapestry so artfully constructed as to defy the minutest inspection, and on opening it, a door will immediately appear—which door, being only secured by massy bars and a padlock, you will, after a few efforts, succeed in opening—and, with your lamp in your hand, will pass through it into a small vaulted room.”

“No, indeed; I should be too much frightened to do any such thing.”

“What! Not when Dorothy has given you to understand that there is a secret subterraneous communication between your apartment and the chapel of St Anthony, scarcely two miles off? Could you shrink from so simple an adventure? No, no, you will proceed into this small vaulted room, and through this into several others, without perceiving anything very remarkable in either. In one perhaps there may be a dagger, in another a few drops of blood, and in a third the remains of some instrument of torture; but there being nothing in all this out of the common way, and your lamp being nearly exhausted, you will return towards your own apartment…”

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