Notes on Reade Visit
Note: huge difference between how he himself writes on the cards and what they look like when the secretary copies them afterwards. Secretary’s is neater, with sections spaced out by straight double-lines in purple ink. Why purple? Did he use purple for all of his cards, or did that distinguish Hard Cash from other books?
Comprising, Medical, maritime, religious, scientific, matter, etc. Books,
journals, facts, maxims, dialogue, Dicksonia
This is a disease all doctors, except Saul, are afflicted with. Saul to speak of it as a disease. Specimens with articles “Goose grease” and “donkey Latin.”
Begs Julia not to speak to her, coming from Church, even about the Sermon.
Learns to pray, walking
True Feminine Trait[s]
Her distress on sick bed at hearing the church-bells, and unable to go (A.N.49) [what do those numbers mean?]
often too late for dinner.
I do so covet the honor of turning many to righteousness in order to shine like a star. [What?? What does this mean, where does it come from?]
Character of Jane Hardie
[Pro/Con list in two columns]
Insert the natural affections.
Will you oblige me by using the
enclosed to give yourself fires
in your bedroom during this
Query—the two hundred pounds offered in the most ladylike way
Liquefaction and persona of Holy Writ
Saturday Rev. July 19 x 62.
Perversion of the Holy Writ. See
Christian Remembrances July./56
For I the matter will record
which madness would gambol
from: but grand conceit.
Egotism—feels her own pulse
remembers, in dialogue, what
she said, forgets what others say.
Letter-writing on ordinary sub-
jects is a sad waste of precious
time and very unpardonable
amongst [the Lord’s] His people.
(at the bottom of the column, beside a note that crosses both columns reading
“How sweet it is to be passive
in His hands and Know no
will but His” – does this suggest that this feeling of hers is both a pro and a con? Kind of like a ven diagram):
Interpretation of Canticles on the principles of top Knot come down.
[Then, on card 4D1, “Often, later, compares herself to Jeremiah”]
Wherever she went she left behind her a savour of Christ
Section entitled “Scientific” is empty
Alfred: Well, I don’t know many English writers, except the great swells.
“Why are they?”
“Why, Shakespeare, and Milton, and Addison, and so on.” (marks for “and.” Also, no person is attributed to the quotation marks. Was it Reade himself who thought them and asked the question of himself, or did he mean this to be a conversation in the book?)
à Jane Hardie
“Everyone living must be God’s child, or Satan’s slave”
(He writes in quotes, but they are not quoted from anywhere (he made up the quotes himself, then put them in quotes on the card. At least, it seems this way because the quotes do not pop up on google))
“What cause have I to bless God for that dear woman.”
“Eternal use of “so” for “very”—“dear, dear”—“Sweet, Sweet,” and general repetition of th’adjective.
The ripe Christian is like the yellow corn, he holds his head lower than when he was green.
Very Hard Cash: A Novel (Illustrated)
Some illustrations in the first 50 pages or so, then few afterwards
Book detailing Reade’s notes about women
description: small book, about the size of a moleskin notebook, very delicate; handwritten
Female trait: They are so deceitful. They throw dust in the very sun’s eye.
this condemned as hyperbole