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Hot & Not List #3

In Character Development, Gossip, Uncategorized, What's hot what's not on 15/04/2009 at 10:51

As I promised in the last edition of The List, I am keeping a close eye on the happenings in Java and Amsterdam šŸ™‚

So to recap, last editionā€™s top of the hot list was the position of the Assistant Regent of Java; for the amount of responsibility it holdsā€¦as for our ā€˜notā€™ section, the top of the list went to Max Havalaar, for the simple reason that he isnā€™t as hot as a person the book is named after should be! Iā€™ve received some mail from some you more um, opinionated readers, and though I admit this decision was quite a shallow one, but I stand by it. So if you donā€™t like it, TOUGH.

In this weeks edition we are shifting gears (again) and going back to Amsterdamā€¦Is Droogstoppel still not hot? Is Scarfmanā€™s creativity enough to keep him on the top of the Hot? Let us seeā€¦

Whatā€™s Hot:

  1. Frits: Our German hottie is at the top of the list ļŠ Not only has he hooked up with the beautiful Betsey Rosemeyer, made Marie giggle, and has beenā€˜pulling the maidā€™s skirt when she brings the teaā€™, but heā€™s also got Droogstoppelā€™s (37 Lauriergracht!) panties in a bunch. He has also defended the Javanese in relation to their religious choices; thereā€™s nothing more attractive then a man with romantic and moral notionsā€¦and the will to stand up for what is right! So though he is an annoyance in the eyes of the esteemed (meh) coffee broker, he is a great source of entertainment. Keep it up my friend!
  2. Stern: He is on the list for winning the affections of Louis Rosemeyer and for being a nuisance to his fatherā€¦keep those headaches coming šŸ™‚

What’s Not:

  1. Batavus Droogstoppel: For being annoying. No elaboration is necessary.
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  4. Abraham Blankaart: On the list for being, as Droogstoppel said, ā€˜much too Dutch for a Germanā€™ā€¦OH DEAR.
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The Editor’s Notes: Chapter 4

In Analysis of Plot, Batavus Droogstoppel, Scarfman, The Editor on 07/04/2009 at 18:25

You know, I have never actually met Scarfman before. But I’m almost certain I’d like the fellow. If anything, he’sĀ very learned. Looking at the list of essays and dissertations he had written simply astounds me, and in this latest chapter even incites praise from Droogstoppel himself!

Going through the parcel together it became obvious to me that Scarfman is a very smart, thoughtful man who is curious and passionate about many issues, including, to Droogstoppel’s immense interest, the coffee trade in the Dutch East Indies. We decided it was best to includeĀ a few pages worthĀ of the titles of Scarfman’s works into the novel, because if nothing else they will show to the reader what kind of person they will be dealing with for a majority of the novel. It also provides a different angle on Scarfman than we have heard from Droogstoppel, who insists on portraying him as a poor, lazy and immoral man, based on extremely superficial judgments made on his appearance and that of his family and home. I actually am intrigued by the descriptions of Scarfman’s Javanese wife, and her sarong and kebaya. Naturally I must admit that his living conditions mean Scarfman is not the most successful of men, and that would be of his own fault – but I wouldn’t go so far to say that it makes him less ‘good’ than you or I or Droogstoppel. I may be wrong – he may turn out to be a scoundrel – but Scarfman may just be the most traveled and experienced person I have met lately, and this deserves some respect, at least.

I’m becoming more and more invested in this novel. Scarfman’s story is intriguing – I have begun to read some of his essays and I find much interest and knowledge in his words. I am glad to see that Droogstoppel recognizes the significance of what he is writing, but he does exaggerate. This novel will impact Coffee brokers and sugar businesses, sure, but the King? I think we mustn’t get too far ahead of ourselves just yet.

One thing does irritate me to no end, though. I am thoroughly sick of reading about how much a man of truth and religion and respectability Droogstoppel is. It isĀ in my opinion that a man of real class wouldn’tĀ need to repeat himself to convince others of his virtues.

Anyway, it makes for a fascinatingĀ effect, as I’ve asked my wife to read the few chapters we’ve done and sheĀ has told me that she is asĀ interested in the story as she is annoyed by Droogstoppel’s rants. And she still asks for more pages to read. That must mean some good, no?

The Editor, 44 Prinzengracht, Amsterdam.