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The Blue Castle – Textual Variants

What follows is a line-by-line comparison between the original (1937) edition of The Blue Castle and the Seal paperback edition published in 1988.

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Chapter I [1] / 1 [1]

still necessarily handsome. At twenty, he was ascetic, dreamy, spiritual. At twenty-five, [6] / still necessarily handsome. At twenty-five, [4]

beauty, popularity, love, – would [10] / beauty, popularity, love – would [8]

And, besides, she could not get [13] / And besides, she could not get [9]

in a tone that implied no one [13] / in a tone that implies no one [10]

she had the two hundred dollars that her father had put in the bank for her the day she was born. She was never allowed to use even the interest of this, but she would secretly take out enough to pay Dr. Trent. [14] / she had the two hundred dollars that her father had put in the bank for her the day she was born, but she would secretly take out enough to pay Dr. Trent. She was never allowed to use even the interest of this. [10]

authority on heart disease, [14] / authority on heart-disease [10]

You couldn’t patronise [14] / You couldn’t patronize [10]

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Chapter II [15] / 2 [11]

small, three-cornered, white face. [17] / small, three cornered, white face. [12]

the family high cheekbones [hyphen at end of line] [17] / the family high cheek-bones [12]

her narrow, white face [17] / her narrow white face [13]

her forehead, with puffs above the ears, [17] / her forehead with puffs above the ears, [13]

violently coloured advertisements [19] / violently coloured advertisments [14]

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Chapter III [20] / 3 [14]

two teaspoonfuls extravagant [20] / two teaspoons extravagant [14]

She was not even allowed to go to church. [21] / She was not allowed to go to church. [15]

“The Stirlings seldom take colds,” [21] / “The Stirling seldom take cold,” [15]

Valancy’s unbearable grievance [21] / Valancy’s umbearable grievance [15]

because we love them they will be very kind [25] / because we love them, they will be very kind [18]

4

Chapter IV [27] / 4 [19]

a very pretty little house, [28] / a very pretty house, [20]

the smart set had them; for even Deerwood [29] / the smart set had them, for even Deerwood [21]

5

Chapter V [31] / 5 [22]

“M-i-r-a-g-e is pronounced mirazh,” [32] / “M-i-r-a-g-e is pronounced mirazh,” [23]

Valancy stopped suddenly aghast at her own recklessness. [33] / Valancy stopped suddenly, aghast at her own recklessness. [24]

Dr. Stalling stood up [34] / Dr Stalling stood up [24]

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Chapter VI [37] / 6 [26]

not so dreadful, after all. [37] / not so dreadful after all. [26]

jerked open the street door [37] / jerked open the door [26]

earnestly talking over their little secrets. [39] / earnestly talking over their secrets. [27]

hideous with his howls [41] / hideous with howls [29]

overlong, tawny hair, dashed with red, [41] / overlong tawny hair dashed with red, [29]

at a raffish angle, [42] / at a rakish angle, [29]

7

Chapter VII [44] / 7 [31]

untouched of rust or spider; [44] / untouched by rust or spider; [31]

without consulting me!” [45] / without consulting me!” [32]

the severed branches [45] / the several branches [32]

It must be from Doctor Trent. [47] / It must be from Dr. Trent. [33]

whenever her attacks came on. [49] / whenever her attacks come on. [35]

The question had to be asked. [51] / The question has to be asked. [36]

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Chapter VIII [53] / 8 [37]

a discovery that surprised her: [53] / a discovery that surprised her; [37]

the hall below struck twelve Valancy suddenly [55] / the hall below struck twelve, Valancy suddenly [38]

harping on the old ones,” thought Valancy. [56] / harping on the old ones.” thought Valancy. [40]

her exceedingly bad behavior [61] / her exceeding bad behavior [43]

“But, O God, you know [62] / “But O God, you know [43–44]

she recalled herself, sitting there [63] / she recalled herself sitting there [45]

When it was over something had happened [64] / When it was over, something had happened [45]

hope is a slave.” [64] / hope is a slave.’” [46]

“I’m sick of the fragrance of dead things,” [65] / “I’m sick of fragrance of dead things,” [46]

9

Chapter IX [66] / 9 [46]

Not for worlds would any of the Stirlings [66] / Not for words would any of the Stirlings [46]

with the rosebush, of course; [66] / with the rosebush of course; [46]

—and had gone on reading it. [67] / —and had gone on reading it. [47]

his horse’s hoofs [70] / his horse’s hooves [49]

Roaring Abel’s periodical sprees [71] / Roaring Abel’s periodic sprees [50]

Aunt Alberta’s spare-room [71] / Aunt Alberta’s spareroom [50]

10

Chapter X [72] / 10 [51]

dulness and vacuity. [73] / dullness and vacuity. [51]

didn’t want to go she had neuritis [74] / didn’t want to go, she had neuritis [53]

great pouches under eyes [76] / great pouches under his eyes [54]

they were in Milton’s expressive phrase, [76] / they were, in Milton’s expressive phrase, [54]

11

Chapter XI [80] / 11 [57]

on the part of Valancy, began to tremble [82] / on the part of Valancy began to tremble [59]

a beauty parlor [84] / a beauty parlour [60]

stately and majestic, as usual, but it sounded [84] / stately and majestic, as usual but it sounded [60]

Aunt Isabel herself, which of course, destroyed it. [85] / Aunt Isabel herself which, of course, destroyed it. [61]

Quoted and signed to do a deed of shame’,” [88] / Quoted and signed to do a deed of shame,’” [63]

pleased over managing to work [88] / pleased over the managing to work [63]

Cousin Gladys’ thimble party, [90] / Cousin Gladys’s thimble party, [64]

Insulting us! [93] / Insulting us! [66]

the story of the bannister. [94] / the story of the banister. [67]

12

Chapter XII [98] / 12 [70]

some one with her [98] / someone with her [70]

some one who really cared [98] / someone who really cared [70]

soon be better;” [98] / soon be better”; [70]

Their faces – oh, their faces! [99] / Their faces! [70]

13

Chapter XIII [101] / 13 [71]

14

Chapter XIV [105] / 14 [74]

in time to his Scotch songs. [106] / in time to his Scottish songs. [75]

most ministers, which made him a terror [107–8] / most ministers which made him a terror [76]

Four years previously [109] / Four years previosly [77]

nobody to do anything for her – nobody?” [110] / nobody to do anything for her – nobody?” [78]

She’d made some punkin jam [110] / She’d make some punkin jam [78]

If I shaved every Sunday and went to church [112] / If I shaved every Saturday and went to church [79]

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