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Fritz Lieber’s Our woman of Darkness and the students mistress

Years in the past I learn Our woman of darkness after I was a ferocious reader(now a day I simply learn perhaps a ebook each few months) and one thing at all times caught with me from it.
The primary character has a pile of books that he choose’s from that he retains not by his bedside desk however ON the mattress itself. He sleeping subsequent to bunch of books, all of which he learn’s just about on the similar time. He refers to that bunch of books on his mattress as “the students mistress”. Once I was an avid reader I did certainly have a bunch of books that was what I used to be studying on the time on my precise mattress a ever since I referred to as it “the students mistress”.
I simply thought it was attention-grabbing and that I might share it with you.

Comments ( 2 )

  1. And compare to:

    >Ballycumber (ba-li-KUM-ber) n.
    >One of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed.

    *The Meaning of Liff* – Douglas Adams & John Lloyd.

  2. That part has stuck with me too!! I read it more than 20 years ago.

    I think it’s a great image that really captures something about the way books can fill a hole in our lives.

    Iirc Leiber’s wife died early and Our Lady of Darkness was his first book to be written after that happened, so I have always assumed “the scholar’s mistress” was something taken from real life.

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