Tag Archives: Dorothy L. Sayers

Experience and Innocence – the value of a good reputation

One of the wisest and gentlest characters ever to inhabit story is described as  “this experienced yet innocent soul … .” Her name is Miss Lydgate (we never learn her first name) and she’s one of the Oxford Dons in … Continue reading

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Approval of Women Is Not a Male Prerogative

In Gaudy Night, a 1935 mystery set in an Oxford University women’s college, Dorothy L. Sayers depicts a conversation between Lord Peter Wimsy (Sayers’ aristocratic sleuth) and Dr. Baring, the College Warden (what we’d call the President or Chancellor). Dr. Baring begins to … Continue reading

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My Mind is Like a Coffee Pot – a story about filtering words

More Coffee than Water Back in ’84 I was rafting the San Juan River in southern Utah with a bunch of other college students on a ten day field trip. Every morning our professor, Rod, would stoke the campfire, put … Continue reading

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Hiding in Love’s Corner

[From Dorothy L. Sayers’ Busman’s Honeymoon (1937).] “You’re cold, Peter. Come nearer the fire.” “It’s not cold,” he said, half-angrily, “it’s my rotten nerves. I can’t help it. … I hate behaving like this. I tried to stick it out … Continue reading

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