Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

By Jennifer Crusie

Half basset, half beagle, all Cupid...

For Nina Askew, turning 40 potential freedom--from the ex-husband, freedom from their stuffy suburban domestic, freedom to target what she desires for a transformation. And what she wishes is whatever her ex continually vetoed--a dog. A bouncy, cute puppy.

Instead she gets...Fred.

Overweight, middle-aged, a section stinky and clearly depressed, Fred is light-years from perky. yet he does be ready to positioned Nina within the course of Alex Moore, her lovely, younger-by-a-decade neighbor.

Alex turns out perfect--he's a beautiful, probably sane, strangely unmarried E.R. doctor--but the age hole convinces Nina that anybody yet Alex will be larger dating fabric. yet with each silver-haired stiff she dates, the extra she suspects it's the younger, dog-loving document she desires to sit down and remain!

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242)32 16 R o m a n t i c L i t e r a r y Fa m i l i e s Essays on Song-Writing nicely illustrates an instance of responsive collaboration between Anna and John, for it was John’s concept for the collection, outlined in letters from Manchester, that prompted Anna to write songs that John was to incorporate. Her offering of songs in itself was subtle but certain incentive for John to see the project through to the press. ” To offer a sense of how thoroughly inscribed this responsive element of the writing became, I should note that, in the long-awaited 1810 edition of Essays on Song-Writing, retitled Vocal Poetry,33 John honored Anna’s thirty-seven-year-old poem by placing it at the end of his introductory essay, making it a poetic counterpart of the collection’s précis.

It finds its parallel in Anna’s discussion of abject poverty, scenes of which inspire disgust rather than compassion: “instead of melting into pity,” she writes, “we turn away with aversion” (204). To reach the climax of either type of terror, John observes, one must first be willing to experience the “actual pain” of anticipation: “The pain of suspense, and the irresistible desire of satisfying curiosity, when once raised, will account for our eagerness to go quite through an adventure, though we suffer actual pain during the whole course of it” (123).

Thoughts of responding to Burke were not new for either Aikin or Barbauld. 17). On the topic of responding to Burke’s Reflections, she writes, I do not wonder at your asking whether I am answering Burke, for the question has been asked me even from Paris. The truth is, I have not been without thoughts of it, and I have now some sheets of loose thoughts written out, but B a r b a u l d a n d A i k i n ’s S i b l i n g Pa m p h l e t s 25 whether they will see the light I know not; to answer him regularly I am afraid is an undertaking too big for me, and a little skirmishing which might have done very well at first, comes with an ill grace now.

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