The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes GowarThis voyage is special. It will change everything…
One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.
As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on… and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This chance meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, a journey on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost…
What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?
In this spell-binding story of curiosity and obsession, Imogen Hermes Gowar has created an unforgettable jewel of a novel, filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit.
Mrs. Premise and Mrs. Conclusion
Mrs Premise: Yes, it wouldn't keep still. Wriggling about, howling its head off. Mrs Premise: Well, no, no, but it's not at all a well cat. So, as we were going away for a fortnight's holiday, I thought I'd better bury it just to be on the safe side. Mrs Conclusion: Quite right. You don't want to come back from Sorento to a dead cat. It'd be so anticlimactic.
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Premise and Mrs. Readers may recognize Mrs. One of the themes of the sketch is the reversal of perceptions about the education of the working class and of the intellectual class, as seen in my post of Tuesday, March 7, , am: Python Playwright or Wrong. Sartre was a French philosopher, writer and political activist. I read some of his work in high school and university mostly about existentialism , but I knew nothing about him when I first saw this sketch. That did not detract from my appreciation of it or my laughter. My appreciation for the cleverness of the sketch increased after I read Sartre.