In one or other of G. F. H. Shadbold's two published notebooks, Beyond Narcissus and Reticences of Thersites, a short entry appears as to the likelihood of Ophelia's enigmatic cry: "Oh, how the wheel becomes it!" referring to the chorus or burden "a-down, a-down" in the ballad quoted by her a moment before, the aptness she sees in the refrain.
Shadbold ... detected faint echoes of H G Wells, Arnold Bennett, even at times George Gissing. ...
"You would agree attempts at realism in the manner of Bennett?" "Bennett-and-water." "But touches of Wells." "The Gissing-end of Wells." ... "Towards the end of the book these influences tail off." "What was left of Wells, I wonder, when the Gissing had to stop?"
"Looking at her in church just now", said Price, "I was reminded of that line in one of Wilde's plays to the effect that women kneel so divinely".
The hilarious story of lifelong poseur and literary manqué G.F.B. Shabold and his desperate envy of his long-dead friend Cedric Winterwade and of Shabold's sexual indiscretions. Originally published, to great success, by Sun & Moon Press.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:37 -0400)