Thursday, January 8, 2009

Deflowered By Proxy

Look: Edward Gorey illustrated a faux esoteric advice manual: The Recently Deflowered Girl, The Right Thing To Say On Every Dubious Occasion. I've long considered The Curious Sofa one of literature's finest works, but this? This! The book offers advice on exactly what to say in such scenarios as Deflowered By Chinese Detective, Deflowerment at Seance, and Deflowered By Proxy. The Editor's Note reads as follows:

"For more than half a century Miss Hyacinthe Phypps has been offering guidance on proper behavior. Her simple rules of propriety and common sense have helped a generation of girls over the threshold to womanhood. Recognizing the need that still prevails today, Miss Phypps has been kind enough to put between the covers of her book her words of advice that have been so valuable in so many typical situations. It is the editor's fondest hope that this book will serve the current generation of young ladies as it served their mothers."
-- Mel Juffe