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...Wolfe maintains a rigid schedule in the brownstone. After breakfast in his bedroom while wearing yellow silk pajamas, he is with Horstmann in the plant rooms from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch is usually at 1:15 p.m. He returns to the plant rooms from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dinner is generally at 7:15 or 7:30 p.m. (although in one book, Wolfe tells a guest that lunch is served at 1 o'clock and dinner at 8). The remaining hours, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and after dinner, are available for business, or for reading if there is no pressing business (by Archie's lights, even if there is). Sunday's schedule is more relaxed...
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Seems correct to me. :)
I can also add that Sunday meals were "self-help", and taken in the kitchen.
Is Archie's snide remark evidence of jealousy? It couldn't be, could it!
Edited to halt rampant italics.
And I recall it well.
Next-to-last dinner I had with my boyfriend, he served up two kinds of cheese, and pate - preceding lobster - for us. Nor were they in small quantities! I'm not Wolfe. He's not Wolfe. Or Saul. (But there may be a slight reason for our appreciation of them...)
Mind, I was disappearing for six weeks, afterward. But, in like vein - it isn't every day one has Wolfe visiting!!!
I think Saul went very wisely: the best ingredients, no real preparation, no pretense. If you cannot beat Fritz... Could a caterer, even? Wolfe's vote as 'the best chef in New York', was he not?
A pre-LT conjecture posited Marko as Nero Wolfe's secret brother! I was never able to completely dismiss it.
Mrs Lee: regarding the spelling, don't even think about it.
“A guest is a jewel on the cushion of hospitality” - I quoted this to my son's the other day when they had friends over. I really enjoyed the look on their faces. Also on their friends faces. They all had to really think about it. Then decide if it was just a weird mom thing, or did they like it? In the end, their friends liked it a lot and quoted it the rest of the day.
I love The Rubber Band as well, though sometimes I confuse it with The Speckled Band and think it's about a snake. :)
Did they have Wonder bread in Wolfe's day? I would take bakery bread over any of the mass produced bread in cellophane we have now.
I always liked that he was a beer drinker, too. Did he also save the bottle caps? Or was that just to remind him how many he had drunk already on a particular day?
I guess the way I see it, being a gourmand or an orchid connoisseur requires talent and/or skill, but, for Wolfe, beer drinking is a weakness. It's one of the things that humanize him and balance his arrogance.
It is the beer drinking that Stout uses to convey Wolfe's weakness and humanizes him. But it is also part of his exceptional taste in the great things in life.
I, myself, never drink to excess or to get drunk, perhaps 3 beers or a glass of wine a month. But I do try new, exotic and imported beers. I always have since I turned 18 or so. I would venture a guess that I have sampled 200 brands of beer in my life. I have an affinity for dark beer, but only 1 at a time. I have 6 brands of beer in my fridge now that have been there at least 3 or 4 months.
Lord, the character is great, isn't it?
One never knows what they'll do with each other.
But I do think it is on this interaction that all turns. Each is marvelous, but on his own, diminished. Nor, from what I have seen, did Stout write so well without that powerful antithesis.
Side note: would Dol Bonner have been more interesting if she had had a strong counter-character? I actually do think her interesting, and like Wolfe, full of depths we might plumb - if. If we were ever given the chance. Or they were ever surprised out. Perhaps we know too much about her past, compared to his, but she's strong and dark and on the surface, cool. Her friend, whose name escapes me, had none of Archie's presence. Would that she had. Though that might have been the Wolfe/Archie death knell - which God forbid!
Moovyz, I admit to inebriation, once or twice, but never as the end in view. Trying different, interesting beers, singly, now and again, is very much more in my line than 'going out drinking'. But I understand his love, and have as much trouble over cups of tea as Wolfe does over beer. And no caps to keep; or bags, usually, with loose tea - what a mess in a desk drawer that would make! ;)
Hurrah on the dark beer, by the way!
As to Dol Bonner, I always thought a fiery relationship with Tecumsah Fox would be good for her. Something like Moonlighting.
It just seemed to me that for Wolfe it is more of a weakness than a habit. He sets himself strict limits and counts bottle caps to check he has not overstepped the boundaries. It is my impression that he is more willing to drink lower quality beer than eat inferior food. But this is just my interpretation...
I agree you guys, Dol Bonner would have been more interesting with a different counter-character.
Rullakartiina - I think I consider his beer drinking a weakness too, but that's because I can't imagine anyone drinking that much and being able to stand up! No wonder he needed a bathroom in the office. :) Then there is Winston Churchill. He apparently drank like a fish, and whiskey at that, and from all appearances, functioned very well. Different constitutions I suppose. I drink one glass of wine or a beer and have to go take a nap.
A question. I am far from an expert on the history of beer and regional drinking preferences. Have there always been specialty beers? Wolfe was from Europe, was beer drinking more refined, or specialized in Europe in the 30's and 40's than in America? I think the times and the nationality had something to do with it, but I don't know enough to be sure.
I am sure (I think) that Wolfe was seen drinking wine with dinner in the A&E series. He certainly had a well stocked cellar: he cooked with it, insisted that at least one bottle of red and one of white wine were available for one of his denouements; and it was certainly served at his table for guests. I would be surprised if wine was not routinely served at his table for his personal pleasure.