One evening last week, my husband and I read a short story out loud to each other.
When we were first married, we usually had a book going (at least in the colder months, when it’s easier for my active husband to sit still), but it’s been several years since we’ve done so. We read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy aloud in advance of the movies. We never really intended to abandon this habit, but somehow it happened. Last year, after months of trying, we finally received the 800-some page The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton. I had read all the Father Brown stories the library had a few years earlier, but I knew I hadn’t read them all. And I found them enjoyable! I figured this was the perfect read-together book. Still, we didn’t crack the book open until early 2009, when we read one story together.
And then, one night last week, we read the next story.
We read The Secret Garden. And I enjoyed it very much. And I found lovely words that I didn’t know!
logomachy, n Strife or contention in words only, or an argument about words
page 35, The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
“After a time this ‘progressive’ logomachy had reached a crisis of tedium; Lord Galloway got up also and sought the drawing-room.”
argent, adj Silvery
page 36, The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
“The argent light lit up all four corners of the garden.”
I should know this one, but I couldn’t remember.
factotum, n A person hired to do all sorts of work; handyman
page 41, The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
“The instant the factotum had closed the door, Valentin addressed the girl with an entirely new earnestness.”
Doesn’t this one just sound cool?
monomaniac, n One with an excessive interest in or enthusiasm for some one thing, crazed; one who has a mental disorder characterized by irrational preoccupation with one subject
page 43, The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
“‘Is Brayne a monomaniac?'”
bodkin, n A dagger or stiletto; a pointed instrument for making holes in cloth; a long, ornamental hairpin; a thick, blunt needle for drawing ribbon or tape through a hem, etc.
page 46, The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
“‘Well, the first question, you know, is why a man should kill another with a clumsy sabre at all when a man can kill with a bodkin?'”
What new words have you found lately? Do you read aloud? What books have you found good for reading aloud? Obviously, this book will take us awhile to finish, but any suggestions for what next?