Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Not Everyone Knows Everything, Okay?

I become engrossed reading Margaret George's Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel.

The DNB, feeling neglected, tries to participate. "Didn't Mary get her head chopped off?"

"I don't know," I reply. I flip to the front of the book and see a family tree. "Oh great, now I know who she marries after Darnley." I turn the page and see a prologue I didn't notice before. It says that Mary is, in fact, executed.

"Baby!" I shriek. "You totally ruined the book for me! Now I know she dies!"

The DNB looks at me strangely. "It's history," he points out. "It's not supposed to be a surprise."

"Yeah but I didn't remember, THAT'S WHY I'M READING IT."

He snickers to himself. "OhmyGod?? The Americans revolted? So that's why we're not British..."

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