Thursday, 5 January 2017

An hotel

On further reflection she decided that she might be happier in an hotel.
A Start in Life, Ch. 3

Brooknerians, or Brookner at any rate, always write, always say, 'an hotel', never 'a'. It is a small, a very small, even a narcissistic difference. She would have said o-tel, never ho-tel. I recommend Brooknerians look out and listen out for this distinction, and think of Brookner, and feel rewarded.

(On one occasion she had just come back from Paris. 'I stayed at the Crillon,' she reported. 'They put me in a maid’s room.' Julian Barnes, Guardian)

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