Good Omens Question #19 ~ A Nightingale in Berkley Square

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Good Omens Question #19 ~ A Nightingale in Berkley Square

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:18 am

(Pg. 358 paperback) (Pg. 361 hardback)What is the significance of the reference to the song “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square”? You can refer back to Good Omens Tidbit #23 for reference.


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http://johnnydepp-zone.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=28567
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Unread postby Bix » Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:12 am

It might just be as simple as that one or the other of the authors remembered the lyric, "There were angels dining at the Ritz and a nightingale sang in Berk'ley Square." The romantic lyrics of the song imply that all sorts of magical things happen the night two people fall in love - so it's not too big a leap to imagining the nightingale really singing on the night our "angels" dine at the Ritz.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:26 am

I thought it signaled a return to normalcy with a hint of magic in the air, like you said Bix. Then again, maybe it doesn't have any deeper meaning at all! :lol: Once you start analyzing a book you look for hidden meanings everywhere! :reader:
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Unread postby Liz » Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:01 pm

I think it could be one of the crazy exchanges between Gaiman and Pratchett where off the wall thoughts pop into their heads and end up on paper. I really don’t have a clue on this one. :eyebrow:
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Unread postby nebraska » Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:05 am

I think I agree with the "normal with a touch of magic" viewpoint. On the other hand, it might be true that we over analyze everything. It was pretty, even if I would have no idea what it "meant", even on the surface if not for the tidbits.

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Unread postby Gypsylee » Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:58 pm

I remember reading that and thinking "eh?????" I'm with Liz. I have no clue on this one either.
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Unread postby Raven » Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:13 pm

Me three :baby:
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Unread postby Liz » Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:34 pm

nebraska wrote:I think I agree with the "normal with a touch of magic" viewpoint. On the other hand, it might be true that we over analyze everything. It was pretty, even if I would have no idea what it "meant", even on the surface if not for the tidbits.


Gaiman and Pratchett probably laugh at those who over analyze their book. :lol:
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