Let’s give the lads a break from their troubles and check in with some of the least chatty members of this story, shall we? If you’ve forgotten, Agata is Milena’s little sister, and Emil here is her pet wolf. Or maybe she’s his pet human; nobody’s quite clear on the matter. Either way, they come as a set.
After months of chipping away at it I finally finished Anthony Trollope’s gargantuan six-book Palliser series, a true doorstop of late Victorian literary achievement. If you have any tolerance for 19th century British social literature, the series is really interesting; the books cover the 1850s through the 1870s or so, and on the fringes of a lot of political, societal, and familial drama you get to watch amenities like trains, telegraphs, and speedy transatlantic travel wend their way into daily life.
Next on my reading list is Moby Dick. I have a black-and-blood-red version of Tom Neely’s wonderfully distressing Moby Dick print on my living room wall, and it’s been taunting my ignorance for years!