Thursday, April 5, 2012
E is for Eloise
For this, my third year doing the challenge, I am going literary. For every letter of the alphabet I will talk about a book, an author or a character from fiction or myth that made an impression, was inspirational, or caused me to think.
On the title page Ms. Thompson warns: "A Book for Precocious Grown Ups"
This is my very worn, much loved copy, given to me when I was around seven or eight. It's been stamped on the inside with, "Mobil Station No. 4 John S. Denham Cruz Bay, St. John Virgin Islands." In my tortured hand writing is my name and a tiny drawing I did of Eloise. There is also a "This Book Belongs To" sticker with the statement, "Open schools to epileptics."
Our introduction is priceless.
I am Eloise I am six I am a city child I live at The Plaza
There is no punctuation in the book. At some point my sister, Erva, put a line through Eloise, and wrote in my name.
I totally adore Eloise's exploits as she tells us about her day. Absolutely the first thing she must do in the morning is braid Skipperdee's ears. (Skipperdee is her turtle.)
I have my own room
It has a coat rack which is as large as me
I swear this picture is a portent of what my own room would look like years later. Only I think mine was worse. I suspect I may have gotten some of my Rotten Kid traits from Eloise.
The ending is also priceless.
Oh my Lord
There's so much to do
Tomorrow I think I'll pour a pitcher of water down the mail chute.
I absolutely love the Plaze
I absolutely LOVE Eloise, who has her own webpage.
It's nice to know the Plaze now has an Eloise Suite. One day, when I'm rich, I'm going to go to New York just so I can stay in it. Perhaps I will terrorize the other guests with bizarre behavior.
I have Eloise at Christmastime too, but it's not nearly as entertaining. And I refuse to see the movie. I suspect it would be a huge disappointment.
Are you familiar with Eloise? Do you know the name of her dog? The name of her tutor?
E is for Eloise Other E influences: The Elements of Style, The Emperor's New Clothes, East of Eden