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Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:01 am Post

Henry James not prolix?... but there are anecdotes aplenty. For example... " Henry James (1843-1916)From Literary Anecdotes About 19th Century Authors Born After 1829...
JAMES, who was a frequent companion on our English motor-trips, was firmly convinced that, because he lived in England and our chauffeur (an American) did not, it was necessary that the latter should be guided by him through the intricacies of the English countryside. Signposts were rare in England in those days, and for many years afterwards ...

It chanced however that Charles Cook, our faithful and skilful driver, was a born path-finder, while James's sense of direction was non-existent, or rather actively but always erroneously alert; and the consequences of his intervention were always bewildering and sometimes extremely fatiguing. The first time that my husband and I went to Lamb House by motor (coming from France) James, who had travelled to Folkestone by train to meet us, insisted on seating himself next to Cook on the plea that the roads across Romney Marsh formed such a tangle that only an old inhabitant could guide us to Rye. The suggestion resulted in our turning around and around in our tracks till long after dark, though Rye, conspicuous on its conical hill, was just ahead of us and Cook could easily have landed us there in time for tea.

Another year we had been motoring in the West Country, and on the way back were to spend a night at Malvern. As we approached (at the close of a dark rainy afternoon) I saw James growing restless, and was not surprised to hear him say: `My dear, I once spent a summer at Malvern and know it very well; and as it is rather difficult to find the way to the hotel, it might be well if Edward were to change places with me and let me sit beside Cook.' My husband of course acceded (though with doubts in his heart) and, James having taken his place, we awaited the result. Malvern, if I am not mistaken, is encircled by a sort of upper boulevard, of the kind called in Italy a strada di circonvallazione, and for an hour we circled about above the outspread city while James vainly tried to remember which particular street led down most directly to our hotel. At each corner (literally) he stopped the motor, and we heard a muttering, first confident and then anguished. 'This—this, my dear Cook, yes . . . this certainly is the right corner. But no; stay! A moment longer, please—in this light it's so difficult . . . appearances are so misleading ... It may be . . . yes! I think it is the next turn . . . a little farther lend thy guiding hand ... that is, drive on; but slowly, please, my dear Cook; very slowly!' And at the next corner the same agitated monologue would be repeated; till at length Cook, the mildest of men, interrupted gently: `I guess any turn'll get us down into the town, Mr. James, and after that I can ask'—and late, hungry and exhausted we arrived at length at our destination, James still convinced that the next turn would have been the right one if only we had been more patient.

The most absurd of these episodes occurred on another rainy evening when James and I chanced to arrive at Windsor long after dark. We must have been driven by a strange chauffeur—perhaps Cook was on holiday; at any rate, having fallen into the lazy habit of trusting him to know the way, I found myself at a loss to direct his substitute to the King's Road. While I was hesitating and peering out into the darkness James spied an ancient doddering man who had stopped in the rain to gaze at us. `Wait a moment, my dear—I'll ask him where we are'; and leaning out he signalled to the spectator.

`My good man, if you'll be good enough to come here, please; a little nearer—so,' and as the old man came up: `My friend, to put it to you in two words, this lady and I have just arrived here from Slough; that is to say, to be more strictly accurate, we have recently passed through Slough on our way here, having actually motored to Windsor from Rye, which was our point of departure; and the darkness having overtaken us, we should be much obliged if you would tell us where we now are in relation, say, to the High Street, which, as you of course know, leads to the Castle, after leaving on the left hand the turn down to the railway station.'

I was not surprised to have this extraordinary appeal met by silence, and a dazed expression on the old wrinkled face at the window; nor to have James go on: `In short' (his invariable prelude to a fresh series of explanatory ramifications), `in short, my good man, what I want to put to you in a word is this: supposing we have already (as I have reason to think we have) driven past the turn down to the railway station (which in that case, by the way, would probably not have been on our left hand, but on our right) where are we now in relation to . . . '

`Oh, please,' I interrupted, feeling myself utterly unable to sit through another parenthesis, `do ask him where the King's Road is.'

`Ah—? The King's Road? Just so! Quite right! Can you, as a matter of fact, my good man, tell us where, in relation to our present position, the King's Road exactly is?'

`Ye're in it', said the aged face at the window."
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Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:37 pm Post

A typical L'n'L thread. From voice recognition software to Henry James and his wordiness in a single page.
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Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:40 pm Post

Hugh wrote:What next?

Vic-k

I win.
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Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:17 pm Post

Jaysen wrote:
Hugh wrote:What next?

Vic-k I win.

I was going to post a reply to John's post, expressing my adoration of wordiness/verbosity. Such was my enjoyment from reading about Old Henry, and his command of the language, that I read it aloud to the good lady wife, explaining in great detail as I did, all the nitty-gritty -n- the ins-n-out of Dragon Dictate for Mac. As a consequence, Johns post has spread enlightenment and illumination into otherwise dark and gloomy areas. A positive step, I think.

As I've said, above. I was going to post, but I've since changed my mind, because of Numpty's smartarsed remark, I'm not gonna bother!!
So pffffrrrttt!!!! to numpty
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Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:58 pm Post

:P
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Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:27 pm Post

ptram wrote:The Apple dictation service in both the Mac and iOS is good, but not nearly as accurate. Also, you have to dictate in chunks, and wait for transcription in the idle time -- not too natural for me.


With "Enhanced Dictation" in Mavericks, there's no idle time/waiting for transcription. As soon as you start speaking, the dictated text appears on the screen. You can keep going without pausing.
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Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:08 pm Post

Briar Kit wrote:
ptram wrote:The Apple dictation service in both the Mac and iOS is good, but not nearly as accurate. Also, you have to dictate in chunks, and wait for transcription in the idle time -- not too natural for me.


With "Enhanced Dictation" in Mavericks, there's no idle time/waiting for transcription. As soon as you start speaking, the dictated text appears on the screen. You can keep going without pausing.

... but you first have to enable it, and then let your mac download the language files necessary to work offline, FYI.
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