198–Gilmore – Chs 1–2 — Woman in White


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  1. xallanthia says:

    I’m catching up on the podcast and, hearing your comments on whist and a “rubber” of whist, thought I’d weigh in on what a “rubber” is when it comes to the game. You mentioned that Whist is a trick-taking game played in pairs; it is the ancestor of games like Pinnochle, Euchre, Spades, and (of course) Bridge, many of which you mentioned. A “rubber” is the term for a complete cycle of Whist games, which is to say, the best of three games. Each hand scores 1 point per team for each trick taken over 6, and each game is the first team to 5 points, so a game could be anywhere from 1 to 9 hands; a rubber anywhere from 2 to 27. Also, at the end of the rubber, you generally rotate partners, so that you are not playing the same game all evening. Finally, if you are playing for money, it’s pretty common to pay out $X per trick, $Y per game, and $Z per rubber. (Also important playing for money so you don’t get stuck all night with a bad partner).

    I did find on google the definition “A game of cards called ‘whist.’ ‘Rubber’ is transferred from bowls, in which the collision of two balls is a rubber, because they rub against each other,” which may have been what you were trying to get the sense of.… I have no idea what that means.

    (Also, just so you know, in the Library, this page is not linked correctly… the link went to 193. I had to go to episode 199 and then back up in order to get to it).

  2. jupiter says:

    oh,Heather…if you come through Ithaca on your trip, you might want to see if Knitting ,Etc is interested in having a signing. They’re fabulous 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    Loving Woman in White! Very modern in a lot of ways, and the chapters “endings” don’t give much for closure. So, every chapter’s end is an invitation to the next chapter. Each podcast is highly anticipated, but like Zoya, I’ve resisted “reading” ahead.

    I’m about an hr southeast of Syracuse, so do please tweet @WoollyJumpers when you land. Also, we have several very good LYS in the area, as your sister must have told you.

    As a chemist, by degree tho’ not current profession, I had to support Thing 1’s science fair project! Hope he does well at the next level!

  4. Zoya says:

    Hi Heather, I discovered your podcast few months ago and am totally loving it.

    I’m enjoying listening to “The Woman in White” and trying very hard to resist reading/listening ahead of your podcast. As a foreigner living in UK I really enjoyed Hartright’s description of Pesca, because I suspect some English people see me in a very similar caricature way. The different attitudes displayed towards Pesca by his mother and sister were especially fascinating to me, as less than a week before listening to that episode I was telling my husband how cautious and reserved English middle-class women of my age (30s) with kids similar to my daughters age are towards me, while their own mothers (in their 60+) appear much more welcoming and are at least always happy to say hello and have a quick chat.

    Regarding UK reading tests for 6-year-olds – it is such a can of worms. Summer born kids aren’t even going to be 6 (still 5) when they will be tested. Steiner/Waldorf schools don’t start teaching kids to read until they are 6-7, so for most of their kids the test will be totally meaningless (though maybe they’ll get the exemption). It seems to be pushing the teaching of synthetic phonics and there are rumours of private companies potentially getting contracts to introduce phonics teaching software to schools. I can’t find it anywhere now, but I remember reading somewhere that the child won’t get points for the mispronounced words (so in theory kids for whom English is secondary language or speak with the local accent/dialect may not get points for being able to read, because they pronounce the words differently to the “norm”). And with all the current budget cuts there is a question of where the money will come from to pay for administering yet another test and correlating the results.

  5. Caroline says:

    I think the reader is actually pretty good, he sounds like an old stuffy lawyer, and he’s very very clear-spoken.

  6. Barb says:

    Heather, loved your comments on single parenting. It was a real *^%$* and my son was only 13 months when I started. During the pre-teen and teen years the only thing that saved my son’s life and my sanity was summer camp. He was a total water bug and amazingly enough I found a camp on an island off Florida’s west coast. We tried it for one session the first year (3 weeks) and he didn’t want to come home. So for the next five years I sent him for 9 weeks. Peace and quiet reigned in my home for the summer at least. 🙂 Broke the bank but not me personally.

  7. Stephanie says:

    LOVING THIS BOOK! Good luck and Bon Voyage. It would have been great fun if you had come thru Amarillo, Tx. However if you’ve seen one truck stop, you’ve seen them all. Sigh…