Purple Prose

29 04 2021

Of late, I’ve been trying to use up the many ink samples I’ve acquired over the last year or so. My Kaweco Brass Sport currently has a very rich purple ink by Pure Pens called Flower of Scotland. It’s part of their Celtic collection. It’s manufactured by Diamine and I recommend it wholeheartedly if you like purples. As my mind idly caused words to appear in my journal tonight, I felt these were suitable for duplicating in type in these dubious pages.

Pure Pens Ink - Flower of Scotland
Source: Pure Pens

I think this ink would be very apt for some romantic poetry or prose from the Victorian era…

Winstanley slammed the door as he left the library. Emily took her kerchief from her sleeve and dabbed the unbidden wetness from her eye. After a moment to compose herself, she tugged on the bell to summon Higgins.

“Yes Miss?” he enquired as he materialised by the door.

“Higgins – Mr Boothman has decided to leave for town a little earlier than anticipated. Have the car brought round would you?”

“Of course Miss. Will there be anything else?”

“No Higgins. That will be all. Thank-you.”

“Are you sure, Miss?”

“I beg your pardon Higgins? What is this impertinence?”

“My apologies Miss. I did not intend to offend. I merely wondered whether you’d like me to arrange for Mr Boothman to be provided with an opportunity to consider his actions.”

“Higgins, are you suggesting doing Mr Boothman some kind of mischief?”

“Admitting as much would place Miss in a difficult position if enquiries were to be subsequently made by officers of the law Miss, so I shall make no such admission.”

“Very well Higgins. I greatly appreciate your loyalty and flexible honesty. Oh – and Higgins?”

“Yes Miss?”

“Take the spade…”


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4 responses

1 07 2021
Charlie Rufus

I laughed so hard I nearly fell off the chair “Take the spade” is a brilliant line.

Thank you for brightening my day ๐Ÿ™‚

3 07 2021
Quieter Elephant

You are very welcome. I once did a “creative writing” class at UBC and the tutor was always complaining my pieces had a twist at the end. Seems I can’t help it, but perhaps it only appeals to a more Anglo-Saxon dark humour.

1 07 2021
Charlie Rufus

Ps. Take the spade ….. really needs to be a t-shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

3 07 2021
Quieter Elephant

Ah yes… a business opportunity, indeed!
Perhaps a few too many Guy Ritchie films in my viewing schedule…
On re-reading, I see the clear influence of my recent readings of P.G. Wodehouse’s less demanding work too.

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