Monday, January 22, 2007

The Doubtful Guest!

I'm not really a big personality quiz/meme person, but this one certainly appeals to my obtuse dementia!

Well, it figures. This always has been my favorite book of Gorey's. I don't know about "dreamer," but "trouble maker" certainly fits my personality profile. Of course, not all of my readers may know about Ed Gorey's weirdness. Think Charles Addams (cartoonist who invented the Addams Family) crossed with Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. Or maybe Tim Burton having a really bad day. Now, imagine that a lot of the humor is in non-sequitors and nonlinear storylines. That's pretty close, I should think. (He's best- remembered by non-fans for the opening title sequence of PBS's "Mystery.")

The eponymous character of The Doubtful Guest isn't really a trouble maker, he is simply utterly bereft of the social graces of the Edwardian era. Instead, he just sort of does his own thing, wrapped up in his own agenda. His motives are completely inscrutable to everyone, including the reader. Invite me to a dinner party, you're likely as not to get the Doubtful Guest.

Minus the scarf, of course.

Click here to try it yourself.


Diesel said...

Your meme is fighting with your post. I've noticed that blogger doesn't seem to like these memes much.

Allen said...

Huh. Looks okay here. I'll check it on a different computer. Thanks for the heads up.

Gregory said...

I think there should be more ornery pastors.

Allen said...

As a preacher's kid who became a preacher, I'm not sure that there's any choice but to be an ornery one!

CSL said...

Hey, thanks for dropping by my blog and adding the neat detail about the shofar. I would never have seen that. I took this quiz and got my favorite Gorey book, the GashlyCrumb Tinies. It's a sick, sick book but love it.

Allen said...

"N is for Neville, who died of ennui." Classic!

Fun blog you've got there. I must visit more often.

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