By Edward Gorey
The identify of this deliciously creepy number of Gorey's paintings stems from the note amphigory, which means a nonsense verse or composition. As continually, Gorey's painstakingly pass- hatched pen and ink drawings are ideally fitted to his oddball verse and prose. The first e-book of 15, "The Unstrung Harp," describes the writing means of novelist Mr. Clavius Frederick Earbrass: "He needs to be mad to move on enduring the unexquisite affliction of writing whilst all of it seems drivel." In "The directory Attic," you'll locate a suite of quirky limericks corresponding to "A convinced younger guy, it used to be famous, / Went approximately within the warmth thickly covered; / He stated, 'You may well scoff, / yet I shan't take it off; / beneath i'm horribly bloated.' "
lots of Gorey's stories contain premature deaths and dreadful mishaps, yet very similar to tragic Irish ballads with their perky rhythms and melodies, they arrive off as surprisingly lighthearted. "The Gashlycrumb Tinies," for instance, starts off like this: "A is for AMY who fell down the steps, B is for BASIL assaulted through bears," etc. An eccentric, humorous e-book for both the uninitiated or diehard Gorey lovers.
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Whipping Andy wouldn't mend the BUTTERFLY. She's in bad shape, but I can repair her, when I get time. Luckily, he didn't meddle with the engine. " A hasty examination had shown this. "I guess I won't do anything now," went on Tom. "I'll have my hands full getting Mr. Fenwick's airship to run. After that I can come back here and fix up my own. It's a good thing I don't have to depend on her for making the trip to Philadelphia. Poor BUTTERFLY! you sure are in a bad way," and Tom felt almost as if he was talking to some living creature, so wrapped up was he in his trim little monoplane.
Cried Mr. Damon. " There was a jolly laugh at the eccentric man, in which he himself joined, and the little party felt better. They were seated on bits of broken boxes taken from the wreck, forming a little circle about the gasolene stove, which Tom had set up on the beach. The wind had almost entirely died away, though the sea was still heaving in great billows, and masses of surf. They had no exact idea of the time, for all their watches had stopped when the shock of the wreck came, but presently the sun peeped out from the clouds, and, from knowing the time when they had begun to fall, they judged it was about ten o'clock, and accordingly set their timepieces.
That little craft was Tom's pet. It had not cost him anything like as much as had his other inventions, either in time or money, but he cared more for it than for his big airship, RED CLOUD. This was principally because the BUTTERFLY was so light and airy, and could be gotten ready so quickly for a flight across country. It was capable of long endurance, too, for an extra large supply of gasolene and oil was carried aboard. So it was with rather a start of surprise that Tom saw a light in the structure where the BUTTERFLY was housed.