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Georgette Heyer hated puce (with readable text). Entry in the Books theme Contest. Line art & text on puce gradients. © Su Schaefer 2012
Along with Jane Austen's, Georgette Heyer's are some of my favourite books. Like Jane, Georgette has some wonderfully witty lines, and my all time favourite, from 'Devil's Cub' is "But then, you chose puce" (see context below & details in thumbnails under the design image). Thinking that Georgette and puce would make an interesting theme for this contest I was surprised to find, while researching, a website dedicated to mentions of puce in her books! (Called The Puce Page, and part of the Georgette Heyer Fan Website). The other snippets of dialogue are from there. My other surprising discovery was the many colors that go under the name 'puce' (my reference here is Puce from Wikipedia). So this was my entry in the Books theme Contest.
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The full conversation that includes my favorite line:
He was annoyed, and showed it. "I believe you've not heard one word!" he said.
"I was thinking," said Mary thoughtfully, "that puce does not become you, Joshua."
"Puce?" stammered Mr Simpkins. "Become me? What -- Why --?"
"It is maybe your complexion that's too high for it," mused Miss Challoner.
Mr Simpkins said with dignity: "I was speaking of Sophia, Mary."
"I'm sure she would agree with me," replied the lady maddeningly.
"She's too easy, cousin. She don't know the path she treads," Joshua said, trying to bring the conversation back to its original topic. "She's very different from you, you know."
A slow smile curled Miss Challoner's lips. "I do, of course, but it's hardly kind in you to tell me so," she said.
"In my eyes," declared Joshua, "you are the prettier."
Miss Challoner seemed to consider this. "Yes?" she said interestedly. "But then, you chose puce." She shook her head, and it was apparent she set no store by the compliment.
From 'Devil's Cub' by Georgette Heyer.
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Line art & readable text on puce gradients, half-drop repeat.
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Thanks for pointing out the sheen illusion Rhonda - an unintended bonus! I definitely think puce gets undeserved 'bad press' - and as there are so many variations I really wonder which one (or ones) it was that Georgette Heyer hated - I guess we will never find out! Thanks for your comments - always so interesting!
Posted over 2 years ago.
The satiny sheen that you have given this design looks wonderful, Su! I quite like the colour of it, despite the puce connotations! Actually, it was both interesting and amusing to re-read the description and associated historical references about the word, "puce"!
Very very belated thanks for your nice comments on this one Phoebe, and sorry for the late thanks.
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Brilliant! I love the literary reference! Quite amusing. :o)
Posted about 4 years ago.
That was the most fascinating article Isabella - thanks so much. I had no idea there was so MUCH to PUCE! It makes me wonder if there are other colors that have equally strong associations (apart form the black-white-red classics).
Posted over 4 years ago.
Poor puce. Any other pink or purple might be considered pretty... This is a very amusing design, Su. It reminded me of an entertaining and informative article about puce that I read somewhere once so I went looking for it and found it <a href="http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/32/sanders.php">here</a>. Perhaps Georgette Heyer had good reason to dislike puce.
Thanks so much Rhonda, Marie and Joan! I think this is not (yet) a very good design but I plan to work on it more to achieve a half-drop and maybe other improvements as I do like the concept and it felt good to give PUCE a real 'outing'!
This Collection is fantastic!
The very first time that I came across the word, "puce", was in a Georgette Heyer novel when I was a teenager ( sometime last century ... I mean millennium!) It immediately became one of those words that stuck in my imagination and it demands to be taken out and used from time to time! Perhaps my feelings about the word ( not necessarily the actual colour ) has also been influenced by Georgette Heyer's disparaging remarks about male characters who favoured the wearing of it! I think you have created a fabulous, innovative design that taps right into the psyche of readers who enjoy this historical genre!
How wickedly clever of you. What a fun read. Now I'll have to find this book.
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