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Post by beeber » January 17th, 2018, 3:44 pm

The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth (1768 - 1849).

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/the-absentee-by-maria-edgeworth/
Published in 1812, “The Absentee” by Maria Edgeworth examines social injustice in 19th-century Britain. At that time, the management of many Irish estates suffered from the absenteeism of their Anglo-Irish landlords.

We meet Lord and Lady Clonbrony. Lord Clonbrony struggles with debt, while Lady Clonbrony tries to shed her Irishness and earn status in London’s high society (known as “the ton.”) Meanwhile, their son, Lord Colambre, is wary of the entanglements of that society and escapes to the family estate in Ireland, where he discovers the abuses that have arisen in the family’s absence.

Maria Edgeworth was a pioneer of realism in fiction, and one of the most successful and popular novelists of her time. She offered satirical portraits of society manners and sympathetic treatment of regional life. Her work won admiration from authors such as Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott. “The Absentee” is named in the reference list “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.” (Summary by Bruce Pirie)
  • Text source (only read from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1473
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    No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
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Post by TriciaG » January 17th, 2018, 6:21 pm

This is set up. :)
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Post by beeber » January 17th, 2018, 8:49 pm

Thank you!
Bruce

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Post by jenniferrd » January 18th, 2018, 1:48 pm

May I claim DPL on this one? It looks interesting.

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Post by TriciaG » January 18th, 2018, 2:04 pm

I assume it's OK with Bruce. I've put you in. :)
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E E Cummings' time in French prison: The Enormous Room
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Post by beeber » January 18th, 2018, 3:06 pm

jenniferrd wrote:
January 18th, 2018, 1:48 pm
May I claim DPL on this one? It looks interesting.
Great! Thank you, Jennifer. We'll get rolling on this right away.

Bruce

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Post by TriciaG » January 18th, 2018, 3:17 pm

Next thing you know, we're moving to Going Solo!
Fiction, partly about jail atrocities: It Is Never too Late to Mend
E E Cummings' time in French prison: The Enormous Room
21st Century Policing recommendations: LINK

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Post by jenniferrd » January 18th, 2018, 3:26 pm

Looking forward to it! Thank you!
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Post by beeber » January 20th, 2018, 1:47 pm

Chapter 1 is ready for PL.

I should mention that Chapter 1 introduces a minor character, Mr. Mordicai, who is presented as an unmistakably anti-Semitic stereotype. Edgeworth later regretted this portrayal, and tried to make amends by basing a later novel on a sympathetically portrayed Jewish character.

Bruce

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Post by jenniferrd » January 20th, 2018, 3:15 pm

I think it's part and parcel of these stories that based in outdated ideologies and mores. As long as we recognize it for what it is, it still makes the stories enjoyable. :)

Chapter 1: Can you add .5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the story? Other than that PL OK!
You are a terrific reader! I can't wait until the next chapter!
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Post by beeber » January 20th, 2018, 3:37 pm

jenniferrd wrote:
January 20th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Can you add .5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the story?
Thanks, Jennifer. Since the guideline is "no more than 0.5 to 1 second," I've always taken that literally, i.e., as a maximum, not as implying any minimum. However, I've re-uploaded the chapter with .5 second silence at the beginning.

Bruce

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Post by jenniferrd » January 20th, 2018, 4:10 pm

beeber wrote:
January 20th, 2018, 3:37 pm
jenniferrd wrote:
January 20th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Can you add .5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the story?
Thanks, Jennifer. Since the guideline is "no more than 0.5 to 1 second," I've always taken that literally, i.e., as a maximum, not as implying any minimum. However, I've re-uploaded the chapter with .5 second silence at the beginning.

Bruce
That would be an excellent question, I always interpreted it as between .5 and 1 second. Regardless - it's now PL OK!
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Post by beeber » January 22nd, 2018, 6:36 pm

Chapter 2 is ready for PL.

Incidentally, at 2:11, I made a little correction to the text. The Gutenberg rendering of the text reads "ecoinieres", but that should be "encoinières." I checked this by going to the original photoscan of the text at archive.org. (Not that it's very important.)

Bruce Pirie

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Post by jenniferrd » January 23rd, 2018, 5:20 am

Chapter 2 - PL OK!
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Post by beeber » January 26th, 2018, 12:17 pm

Chapter 3 is ready for PL.

There were three little spots where there was an error in the Gutenberg version; of course, I confirmed each case by checking the photo version at archive.org.
• At 7:28, "shelved a desire" should be "showed a desire"
• At 20:31, "an explanation in her car" should be "an explanation in her ear"
• At 33:11, "Now comprehend perfectly" should be "Now I comprehend perfectly"

And here's a little nerdish trivia. At one point in this chapter, someone wearing a black coat leaves a stain on a white sofa. I checked this out. Synthetic (aniline) dyes were not developed until the middle of the 1800s — that is, after the period of this novel. Before then, dyes for fabrics were made with "natural" or "organic" pigments, and black dye was notorious for rubbing off.* So, thoughtlessly sitting on white furniture while wearing a black coat was indeed likely to cause a problem. (I suppose what's going on here is that we're being reminded of the foolish impracticality of indulging in something like white furniture.)

Bruce
(* I suppose the Victorian fashion, later in the century, of wearing (black)mourning clothes for a long time was practical only thanks to the development of these new dyes.)

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