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Source by Ellen Brundige Reading Dorothy Sayers is like opening an old bottle of rare and special vintage: Alas, as with rare vintages, there are too few of Sayers' works.
That is why, twenty years after graduating from a women's liberal arts college inspired by the same model as Sayers' fictional Shrewsbury, I finally cracked open the prized bottle of Gaudy Night which I have been saving as a rare treat. Among its pleasures were a smattering of Latin phrases.
Understanding these adds to enjoyment of the story, particularly of a few key exchanges between the protagonists Harriet Vane and Lord Peter. Therefore, while I'm enjoying a bit of academic nostalgia, let me dust off my classics training and translate a bit of Sayers for you.
Caveat lector [reader beware]: Gaudy Night In Oxford lingo, a gaudy is a college feast, often for alumni or alumnae. The name derives from gaudium, "joy, delight," or, more likely, gaudeamus, "let us rejoice," the first word of a traditional college song that is used in graduation ceremonies and and festive gatherings at old English-speaking universities such as Oxford.
For her title, Sayers takes the college gaudy and adds Shakespeare: Come, Let's have one other gaudy night: Sayers appropriates the name, but rejects the misogyny.
In Aeternum Floreant In Gaudy Night's introduction, Sayers begins with a gracious apology to the real Oxford for adapting, remodeling and repopulating it with a fictional college to serve as her story's setting.
Statutum Est Quod Returning to her illustrious alma mater with a slightly blemished reputation, protagonist Miss Vane fortifies herself against insecurity by remembering: Scholar; Master of Arts; Domina; Senior Member of this University statutum est quod Juniories Senioribus debitam et congruam reverentiam tum in privato tum in publico exhibeant.
Domina is "mistress," feminine of Dominus. Chapter 2 and several other chapters begins with a quote from Oxford scholar Robert Burton's work, The Anatomy of Melancholy. This early treatise on human psychology before the discipline was so named entertained readers with literary quotes, observations on human culture, comments on the discoveries in the New World and parts east, and a Renaissance approach to scholarship which we nowadays might call "interdisciplinary.
Sayers was attuned not to those problems but to Burton's lively insights into what we now call psychology, anxiety and depression. By referencing Burton, Sayers is footnoting one source of her own writing style. Throughout Gaudy Night, both she and her academically-minded characters take pains to cite their sources openly and honestly, in contrast to the perpetrator's crude, anonymous messages.
Here's my translation of Chapter 2's Burton quote in square brackets: Invitis occurrit [To them, unwilling as they are, it comes running],do what they may, they cannot be rid of it, against their wills they must think of it a thousand times over, perpetuo molestantur, nec oblivisci possunt [they are constantly harassed by it, nor can they forget it], they are continually troubled with it, in company, out of company; at meat, at exercise, at all times and places, non desinunt ea,quae minime volunt, cogitare [nor can they leave off pondering those things which they least wish [to ponder], if it be offensive especially, they cannot forget it.
Even in Faustus, the phrase gets mangled in some editions, since so few printers know Greek. Vade in pacem Wait, hold on, don't run away just because I used the words "ontology" and "existentialism"! Let's get back onto steadier ground.
Second page of Chapter 4: Vade in pacem — "Go in peace. Wimsey's April 1st marriage proposal is unimposing, sad, and to the point: One First of April, the question had arrived from Paris in a single Latin sentence, starting off dispiritedly, "Num?
I've therefore never seen benigne used as any sort of "polite negative," but the word is a vocative? This brief exchange sets up the final couplet of Gaudy Night on its last page— stay tuned. Post Occasio Calva Final page of Chapter 4:Elite College Link is an education consulting company that works together with motivated students and their parents to release the potential of our students to attain exceptional results in higher education.
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Reading Dorothy Sayers is like opening an old bottle of rare and special vintage: one sips literary allusions, Latin, French, Dante, and slices of old British culture . Bryn Mawr College Application Essay Prompt.
The Bryn Mawr Honor Code and Self-Government Association (SGA) affirm the importance of our academic and social communities. In your response please reflect on how you see the Honor Code and/or SGA shaping your experience at Bryn Mawr. Admission application deadlines and fees for the colleges and universities that accept the Common Application are listed below.
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