Half In Love with the Vicar of Altarnun

It’s an actual town, Altarnun. Self just looked it up.

Here is the vicar in Chapter 17 of Jamaica Inn (Hands down, her favorite book of the year):

  • He rose from his chair and stood before the fire, a lean black figure with white hair and eyes, and his voice was gentle now, as she had known it first.

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The Vicar of Altarnun in JAMAICA INN

This vicar reminds self a bit of Magnus Bane in The Infernal Devices! Magnus, the eerily all-knowing, prescient warlock.

Self loves this novel’s strangeness and hyper-surrealism.


Chapter 10

“There will be a chain across England, Mary, that will be very hard to break. Now do you understand?”

He opened the door of the carriage and stepped out into the road. He bared his head under the rain, and she saw the thick white hair frame his face like a halo. He smiled again to her and bowed, and he reached for her hand once more and held it a moment. “Your troubles are over,” he said; “the wagon wheels will rust and the barred room at the end of the passage can be turned into a parlour. Your aunt will sleep in peace again, and your uncle will either drink himself to death and be a riddance to all of you, or he will turn Wesleyan and preach to travellers on the high-road. As for you, you will ride south again and find a lover.”

Holy Smokes, that Vicar!!!

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