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George Orwell Complimenting His First Wife

I’ve been reading Orwell biographies.

George Orwell, that is, champion of clear, concise prose, man of ideas, and, as you’re about to see, hopeless romantic.

Biographer Gordon Bowker quotes Orwell complimenting his first wife, Eileen:

“She was a good old stick.”

We all dream of someone saying this about us, yes? Go on, it’s okay to swoon a little.

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  • Michael LaRocca January 28, 2014, 10:40 am

    I’ll try this at home and let you know how it goes.

  • Maaike January 29, 2014, 10:32 am

    Fantasies are made of this….

  • Michelle January 29, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Sometimes a wife simply has to know what is a compliment and what isn’t! That actually makes me curious to know more about Mr. Orwell to find out how that would even occur to him to say that! In my family of origin, “You’re a nose!” is a very nice thing to say. (Trust me, the story isn’t as interesting as what you can imagine!)

    On the same vein, Hemingway had some rather interesting things to say about his friends and acquaintances in A Moveable Feast.

    • Michael LaRocca January 29, 2014, 6:55 pm

      I believe “second best bed” falls into that category as well. One would have to be married to Anne or William to get the reference.

  • Michelle February 1, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I just mentioned this post to my husband. I noted all the different possible positive connotations of this comment. Usefulness, stability, lack of obesity. Husband said it would have been more clear if Wells had referred to his wife as “onion breath” or “hammer head”