Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vintage Teaser Tuesday: The Magnificent Ambersons

     “People who have repeated a slander either get ashamed or forget it, if they're let alone. Challenge them, and in self-defense they believe everything they've said; they'd rather believe you a sinner than believe themselves liars, naturally. Submit to gossip and you kill it; fight it and you make it strong. People will forget almost any slander except one that's been fought.”


     "Your mother's good name!" Amberson cut him off impatiently. "Nobody has a good name in a bad mouth. Nobody has a good name in a silly mouth, either. Well, your mother's name was in some silly mouths, and all you've done was to go and have a scene with the worst old woman gossip in the town—a scene that's going to make her into a partisan against your mother, whereas she was a mere prattler before. Don't you suppose she'll be all over town with this tomorrow?”

The Magnificent Ambersons is one of the most beautifully written novels I've read in a long time. Tarkington was a master of language and observation, and Georgie Amberson Minafer has become one of my favorite literary characters, despite his tragic flaws. I had to share two teasers from the same scene, because I just loved the way Tarkington describes the nature of gossip, and because this is a pivotal moment in the story, where Georgie realizes he may have done more harm than good when attempting to prevent gossip about his mother from damaging the family name. This is where that first seed of insecurity takes root and starts to chip away at Georgie's indomitable ego, and where he truly considers the consequences of his actions for the first time in his spoiled, self-centered life. It's part of a truly fantastic character arc.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists!


  1. Well, you've succeeded in making me want to read this one - I can't wait to see how the gossip turns out. Nice teaser!

    If you’d like, you can check out mine here.

  2. Wow, this does sound really good. I like the writing style evidenced by these teasers. Thanks for sharing. My teaser is here.

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  4. Wow, this one sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing....


  5. I like the writing style of this teaser. Good choice.

    Thanks for Stopping by! I love the title of your blog. Creative!

  6. I absolutely LOVE your teaser! This is definitely being added to my shelf right away - thank you for sharing! :)

    Here's mine:


  7. Just put that on my goodreads list :)

    My teaser is from Eric Flint's alternate-history novel The Dance of Time:
    e-Volving Books

  8. Sounds captivating and interesting.


  9. Sounds like a vintage book I really should read.

  10. I like the teaser. Thank you for posting it.


  11. Gosh, it's been years since I read this. Guess it's time for a reread. Thanks for posting a teaser to remind me of this classic book.
    Here's my teaser: Sandy's Teaser

  12. You caught my attention on this one, thanks for sharing.

  13. Ah! I like what I see!


    Here's mine:


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