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GUEST,Anne Croucher Lyr Add: Pretty Polly Oliver (19) RE: Lyr Add: Pretty Polly Oliver 12 Apr 04

John Knox - (now there is a mysogenist of the first water) in 1558 published "the first blast of the trumpet against the monstrous regiment of women" it was therefore always going to be the case that Polly's comrades would turn out to be of the female persuasion.

At least - that is what I thought.

I delight in realising TP's allusions such as echo gnomics and in sewerance, and the features of the Lyke Wake Dirge incorporated into the gnarly land, in his other books.

I was pleased that the women in MR were depicted as picking up the slang and the behaviour of common soldiery, including the liberation of various items. The intrusion of another war through Maledict's lack of coffee induced halucination was a definite plus. I did think the lack of underwear a bit odd.

TP seems to have quite a thing about organisations - the military, the watch, guilds, Unseen university, the opera, Cage Bird Societies, Morris men - though it could be that they provide a writer with ready made images without much need of explaination.


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