Jowett Cars Ltd. (1920) & Katherine Mansfield (1920)

Jowett Cars Ltd. (1920) & Katherine Mansfield (1920)

Exuberantly ushering in 1920, Jowett Motor Cars, then a popular English firm, suggested that motoring provided the means to escape from work and the city: “Have you glimpsed a bit of heaven whilst “picnicking” [sic] by the scented pinewood?” Their ad photo is staged...
Hitchcock’s Roadside Picnic in To Catch a Thief

Hitchcock’s Roadside Picnic in To Catch a Thief

David Dodge and Alfred Hitchcock had differing views about John Robie, the Cat, the protagonist of To Catch a Thief. Dodge’s character is thirty-four years old and plump. Hitchcock’s Robie is Cary Grant, and his love interest Francis Stevens is Grace...
Lazarillo de Tormes’s   The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (1554)

Lazarillo de Tormes’s The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (1554)

Merienda has a history deriving from the Latin merenda, a light afternoon meal. Over time has come to denote a snack or meal eaten alfresco. It is unrelated etymologically to pique-nique. Though Spaniards use picnic in common parlance, they prefer such phrases as...
Agatha Christie’s Poems(1973)

Agatha Christie’s Poems(1973)

Casual readers usually neglect Christie’s poems collected in 1973. Unlike the Marple or Poirot mysteries, her poems such as “Picnic 11960” provide glimpses of her inner life. Christie never lost her sense of her good life. She seems satisfied and...