3 minutes in: "You're that American that's over here." Brilliant.
4 minutes in: Rich American professor ponders why the poor Irish professor even bothers showing up for auctions at Sotheby's.
6 minutes in: He couldn't look obvious stealing the letter from the library if he tried.
7 minutes in: I guess when they are not buying rare manuscripts at Sotheby's scholars spend all there money paying for spacious London flats.
8 minutes in: even his solicitor landlord is a scholar. How lucky.
11: "How many jars of gooseberry jam did his wife Ellen make in 1850? This is not a job for a grown up."
14: "what is it you chaps are always saying: 'how's it hanging'?" More of that crazy linguistic gulf between the US and UK.
15: "or if you prefer the American vernacular she's a real ball breaker."
16: Lincoln University must be paying Gwenyth well, such nice clothes.
17: I really don't like Paltrow especially when she plays British.
17: all the instant, snarky, we are going to end up in bed banter. Is the book this lame?
19: By all means sit in my office and do your research.
20: And he is already going to spend the night. That happened quicker than I expected.
21: Show her the stolen letter and then you areg surprised that she thinks you did the wrong thing--oh, because you are an American...and why did you have to steal the letter to study it?
22: and then she doesn't even want to read the letter all the way through. She must really need to use the bathroom.
23: "He's an American...he's probably off trafficking drugs..."
25: an invitation for another night in Lincoln. And at he big house this time. Lucky guy.
28: middle of the night tearing apart dolls that apparently have been sitting there uncovered for 150 years.
29: why not bring the letters back to the room that actually has a working light.
I think I need stop watching. I think Glee is on...
The insufferable Gaucho by Roberto Bolano
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