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>> Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Warning : Girlie post

Fellow blogger Doubletake, Doublethink has had a girlhood akin to all girlhoods, mostly spent in waiting for the dream man from the pages of a book (ranging from Danielle Steele to Gone with the wind) to materialize in flesh and of course, fall in love with us. This being the most significant experience for girls all over, one realizes the importance of preserving the essence of our first loves. Thus, while she rots with other more trivial pursuits (like Boards for instance), she, for us to remember her by, has started a meme, as she names it. In her own words,

"I'm starting a meme (muahahhaha). Anyone who has ever fallen in love with her version of the GHM, I tag you. Write a post, it doesn't have to be very big, about that person – literary character, comic book hero, some guy in a movie, a random person you'll never meet – we’ll start a list that will probably never end."

GHM would be the Georgette Heyer Man, a one of a kind lover an impressionable girl can easily be obsessed with. Doubletake has a more detailed description of him in her post.

And so, my GHM....

He arrived in my life at the very naive age of 14. He returned when I was 18. And, of course, till now, he displays no willingness to leave and someone real arrive. Harry Rayburn, or
John Eardsley is a cross between Othello and Tarzan. He is rich but has given up all his wealth to seek vengeance for the death and defamation of his friend. He resides alone in an island in Africa and does more or less nothing but brood. Of course, he goes and seeks revenge, is often an impostor in the strangest of ships, is mind numbingly hot and threatens to beat up his love interest black and blue if she even looks at another guy.
A self confessed wife beater, an Etonian who has given up all his wealth for an African island near a waterfall, where he saves drowning damsels and then marries them (if he does marry them, hard to find a registrar in African jungles, I would have guessed). Paleolithic in his passions and general behaviour with the rest of humanity, rude, insolent and a woman hater, he is probably not every woman's dream, or even nightmare, but since the age of 14, Harry Rayburn has been the man I have woefully given my heart too. Of course, the fact that he catches diamond smugglers and can easily murder someone in the heat of anger just adds to his gentlemanly charms.

He is the chief protagonist of Agatha Christie's Man in the Brown Suit, and despite the impression I seem to have given, is wonderfully monogamistic. If it reflects sadly on my literary tastes, yes, I have fallen more in love with Christie characters than any other, except Feluda. And Lord Emsworth. And of course, Psmith. There was also these brief affairs with Rhett Butler, Buntschli, and Flambeau, but the Man in the Brown Suit stands tall and unchallenged.

I request all girls to take this tag up. Even guys if they have had their own female version of the GHM.
So, visitor, you are tagged.



22 scaly flippers:

Doubletake, Doublethink. 10:53 pm, February 20, 2008  

i had a few guesses ready, but i didn't expect THIS.

did i tell you i love you?

harry rayburn is so.. *hyperventilates*

i love this post, and not because of the free publicity and the allegation that i read danielle steele (i don't :D), but because you picked the ONE christie character who is unusual (for a christie) and wonderful and remains with you more than the book. i shall go buy it today and reread it. boards be damned.

ArSENik 11:06 pm, February 20, 2008  

Wow...you are a woman of extreme choices. I haven't heard of your brown suited beast, but he sounds as far removed from Feluda as possible.

I guess I am not writing a separate post apropos this tag. This should suffice I think.

WHAT'S IN A NAME ? 11:19 pm, February 20, 2008  

How on earth can anyone...ever love Lord Elmsworth!!!!!!????????

Poojo C. 12:09 am, February 21, 2008  

A cross between Othello and Tarzan. A paleolithic woman hater. Wow! Your GHM seems like quite a dangerous fellow. You certainly inspired me to sit up till midnight posting about my GHM.

Bubbles of FireWhisky 9:50 am, February 21, 2008  

wow... i just realised that i am still head over heals in love with a certain elf... would love to do this, but have to tackle the small problem of creating a new blog first...

beautifully written btw...

Amazing Greys 11:54 am, February 21, 2008  

a cross between Othello & Tarzan... rotfl... that's really something huh! Well I've had this crush forever on Bruce Wayne, but he isn't the typical GHM is he?

Abhishek... inside out 4:56 pm, February 21, 2008  

my version:
well, it was easy loving her. it happened at first sight. everybody else was gasping at her mere sight. i knew she was looking at me. after about an hour and a half, i got to know her name finally, Angelina Jolie.

new age scheherazade 12:05 am, February 22, 2008  

oh,I always loved the man in the brown suit. even the villain in that book. you are so kindred.and I think GHM is well on its way to becoming a really-truly word.high five, priyanka.

the girl with a zillion namesakes 11:27 am, February 22, 2008  

i have not read about your ghm....

but he sounds a lot like the guy i could fall in love with ...

dreamy 2:18 pm, February 23, 2008  

Oh, I have lots of GHMs,

Pete Crenshaw, chandler Bing, Fokir from the Hungry Tide, George Hanson from the Object of my affection and of course Fred and George from harry Potter. etc etc etc..:D

ad libber 10:30 pm, February 23, 2008  

@doubletake
ahem, no, I read those Danielle Steeles (coughs embarrassedly and studies toe nails), might I reassure you never liked any bit of it but the slight references to..er..porn
and Harry Rayburn, my whole life is concentrated no going to Africa and finding him

@arsenik
yes that ought to suffice
Feluda was more or less admiration, Harry Rayburn was pure lust

@WIAN
his social graces made him a role model :D

@poojo C.
read the book, see if you don't promptly fall in love.

@bubbles
create, create, I urge you to.

@amazing grays
GHM'S are never typical, that is what makes them so charming.

@abhishek
I empathize. Have always admired her.

@new age
GHM is so going to be in the Oxford someday

@TGWAZN
believe me, you will.

@dreamy
choose one and get up a write up quicly, pretty please :)
but pete crenshaw? I always found Bob fascinating though myself. Would probably have suffered from inferiority complex with Jupe.
and Chandler Bing, so totally yes :)

~Moo-lah Buz!nezzz~ 2:15 am, February 24, 2008  

Ah!,you girls love to dream aint it.... :P

aandthirtyeights 6:46 pm, February 24, 2008  

The major one (female version) came only last month - Vilma from Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely ! What a woman!
And if I were a girl (or gay) - Philip Marlowe!(Ok, I'm just going through a Raymond Chandler phase in my life. I will get over it! But till then...)

Bubbles of FireWhiskey 1:18 pm, February 26, 2008  

got a new blog!!! chk wnever u cn

ru 8:29 am, February 27, 2008  

you've been linked:-)

Vinesh 11:16 pm, February 27, 2008  

hmm.. curious peek into the woman's mind :-)

panu 4:54 am, February 29, 2008  

this post is just weird.

ad libber 12:45 pm, February 29, 2008  

@moo-lah
Its not a dream, I will go find him someday

@aandthirtyeights
Have not tried his works yet. Thank you for the tip.

@bubbles
I did :D

@ru
thank you

@vinesh
ok :P

@panu
er..thank you?

Ibanov, Sir Rekaf 2:56 am, May 29, 2008  

Ok this Harry dude I don't know, but you mentioning Rhett Butler just reinforces the girliness of the post.



Oh, there was a warning right on top?! :O

Anonymous 5:04 am, September 29, 2010  

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I would appreciate if a staff member here at adlibbingalltheway.blogspot.com could post it.

Thanks,
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Anonymous 4:44 am, January 19, 2011  

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Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at adlibbingalltheway.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Cheers,
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