humor), present features that will resurface in many of the
The measure in which he writes is his own, and is often no measure at all, but a sort of alliteratives [sic] style, with a certain rough music in it; his style is outside of all rules, transgresses, grammar and rhetoric, it jumbles up slang and vulgarity with choice language, huddles together English and scraps of French and Latin and Spanish in the absurdest
fashion, and yet at times has a certain terseness that is telling.
In the letter, he admits that he is a hopeless farmer, at best "the father of a progeny of weeds in a garden patch," and that he has been "equally unsuccessful in my architectural projects; and have transformed a simple and small old farm-house into the absurdest
anomaly you ever saw." Though he blames the sky-parlour on "the village-carpenter, who took the matter into his own hands, and produced an unimaginable sort of thing instead of what I asked for" (18: 631), Hawthorne explicitly allies his struggle to write with his failure to successfully complete his "architectural projects."
But, despite its rough and ready structure and an excess of padding as the pair prepare their absurdest
pranks it's also frequently hysterically funny.
Instead, Pinter followed the absurdest
footsteps of Samuel Beckett, realising deeper meaning could be excavated from meaninglessnessThe action takes place in a seedy rooming house, where lodger Stanley (Paul Ritter), is an unemployed musician.