Saturday, January 09, 2010

Ten of the best: ice-skating episodes in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best ice-skating episodes in literature.

One ice-skating episode on the list:
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

The Pickwickians take to the ice with varying degrees of skill. Bob Sawyer "described circles with his left leg, and cut figures of eight, and inscribed upon the ice ... a great many other pleasant and astonishing devices". Sport is interrupted when Pickwick himself disappears through the ice, but he is rescued and hot punch is administered.
Read about another item on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue