Fishers are mean and nasty, famous consumers of housecats and Yorkshire terriers. I am hoping I won't go outside this morning and find half a dachsund or anything.
Meanwhile, I have a literary discovery. I know for a fact that Barbara Pym the novelist was familiar with Ivy Compton-Burnett the novelist because somewhere--I can't remember in which book--she mentions her offhand as the sort of uppity writer one of her characters might read. But yesterday I determined that Barbara herself had not only been reading Ivy but experimenting with the Ivy touch. Here is a line of dialogue from Pym's "No Fond Return of Love." It seems, and is, a minor remark by a minor character, and Pym goes no further than this with it. But it is composed in exactly the sort of weird, foreboding, and blackly melodramatic/surreal/hilarious style that thickens Compton-Burnett's plots.
"Deep apricot tart," said Miss Lord, suiting her tone to the words.
I suppose it's possible that I'm the only person awake on a Saturday morning who thinks this is a funny sentence, but really, what tone suits "deep apricot tart"? Once again, a sentence like this makes me think that Pym could have been more than a mediocre writer, and once again, I imagine writing "The Case of the Minor Lady Novelists," an essay I have been planning for about a decade.
[P.S. Tom says it was a fox, not a fisher.]