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It has been put to me, by those that appreciate this account, that there are those that would desire these memoirs in a more compendious and portable form. With the inestimable services and skills of Mistress [personal profile] clanwilliam, Volumes the First to the Twelfth of these memoirs are now available as what are known among the cognoscenti as, ebooks.

These may be downloaded, by such as desire to read 'em, at Google Docs:

The Comfortable Courtesan: A Memoir by Madame C- C- (that has been a Lady of the Demi-Monde these several years)

Volume the First

Volume the Second

Volume the Third

Volume the Fourth

Volume the Fifth

Volume the Sixth

Volume the Seventh

Volume the Eighth

Volume the Ninth

Volume the Tenth

Volume the Eleventh

Volume the Twelfth


A key to the numerous characters may be found in this post, and [personal profile] threeringedmoon has created a GoogleDocs version that can be downloaded here.

Madame C- expresses herself highly indebt’d to those that find amusement, education, mayhap even edification, in these chronicles. Any particular appreciation may be expresst thru’ the good offices of PayPal.

She would also desire to remark that her devot'd amanuensis is about revizing this chronicle with a view to eradicating errours and making it more widely available to the cognoscenti. The amanuensis says, watch this space.

Madem C- also wishes to convey, to those that have expresst a desire to emulate her good friend that goes by the style of HotUtilitarian in writing what is call’d fanfic, that several works can now be found at AO3, and may indeed be added unto by those that so desire. Indeed, words can hardly convey her most exceeding gratification at being a Yuletide fandom.

Date: 2015-09-24 10:29 am (UTC)
kore: (Miss Bennett)
From: [personal profile] kore
//SHRIEKS

I got behind and was going to cut and paste what I hadn't caught up on in a doc for easier reading on my Kindle, BUT IT IS ALL DONE BY KINDNESS FOR ME. Awesome!

Date: 2015-09-24 02:00 pm (UTC)
clanwilliam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] clanwilliam
Don't call me Kindness! ;-)

Date: 2015-09-24 04:26 pm (UTC)
kotturinn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kotturinn
It can't be Shirley, so how about Cuthbert?

Good work there, that [personal profile] clanwilliam!

Date: 2015-09-24 11:41 pm (UTC)
sharpiefan: Group of sailors, text 'Is there anything that doesn't have entertainment value' (Entertainment)
From: [personal profile] sharpiefan
Shirley you can't be serious!

(Airplane! FTW...)

Date: 2015-09-24 11:38 am (UTC)
rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
From: [personal profile] rymenhild
Clorinda Cathcart! What an excellent name for Madame C-!

I will express my particular appreciation for these stories later, when I am not using my phone.

Date: 2015-09-24 12:03 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
sweet! a convenient way to catch up now that I have been behind for some time!

Date: 2015-09-24 01:29 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: text exclaming "Oh, Sandy!" (Comfortable Courtesan Sandy)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Yesss. And possibly useful for getting other friends to read it! I also am on mobile view, but will click various links when I am not.

Date: 2015-09-24 03:10 pm (UTC)
threeringedmoon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] threeringedmoon
When I loaded the two files into Calibre (e-book management software), the meta data for Volume 2 said Volume 1. The e-book cover had the correct information.

Date: 2015-09-24 03:48 pm (UTC)
clanwilliam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] clanwilliam
Thanks for that - fixing it now.

Date: 2015-09-24 11:43 pm (UTC)
sharpiefan: Picture of a Victorian wench leaning on a lamppost (Saucy)
From: [personal profile] sharpiefan
But, would not 'Madame C-' itself answer for an appellation for so vaunted a publisher as the AO3?

I admit that my own foray into such places has been under my own nom de plume and so I may be sadly untutored in such things.

Date: 2015-09-25 02:05 am (UTC)
thistleingrey: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Oh, how lovely! Much gratitude to you as well as [personal profile] clanwilliam. I couldn't track the pieces well on DW, but epub is very helpful.

Date: 2015-09-25 03:09 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Clorinda Cathcart is a lovely name.

Date: 2015-09-25 07:32 am (UTC)
rhivolution: David Tennant does the Thinker (Default)
From: [personal profile] rhivolution
This is indeed great news, my thanks to Mme C- and [personal profile] clanwilliam!

Date: 2015-09-25 11:40 am (UTC)
ankaret: (Atomic Grapes)
From: [personal profile] ankaret
I respectfully offer the hospitality of this post of mine to those wishing to nominate the friends and acquaintances of Madame C-, so that the greatest number of them may be given the entrée to the Yuletide drum.

Date: 2016-01-01 03:58 pm (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
I've started reading the ebooks and am enjoying myself greatly!

Question: do you have canonical full names for the characters? I can't keep track of initials (which I realize is entirely appropriate for the form) and was thinking about search-and-replacing my ebooks with names, but if you had names in mind it would be nicer, since that can affect how one sees the characters. Or not! Thanks.

Date: 2016-01-01 04:56 pm (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu

(Sorry, I should've said surnames, but all the same! Thanks for letting me know and I'll contemplate how to most easily-for-me keep reading.)

Date: 2016-01-26 06:46 pm (UTC)
kore: (from <user name=the-comfortable-courtesa)
From: [personal profile] kore
Biffle is his sister's infant version of Beaufoyle

OMG somehow I missed this and it is so charming.

Date: 2016-04-22 12:27 pm (UTC)
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
Thank you both, the one for writing and the other for making available in easy-for-me to access format. I will now be about catching up on the details that I have missed!

Date: 2016-07-18 04:43 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: towsell-mowsell on a sopha (Comfortable Courtesan sopha)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Six ebooks! Did any of us suspect, on that fortuitous day that C- began to speak of her history with Mr F- the ironmonger in the amanuensis's journal, just how much delight was in store for us?

(Must hie me to Goodreads to be sure the latest volume is listed as a book I have read this year! I sometimes wonder how wide the readership now is. And endeavour to widen it as I can--as it deserves.)

((Quite craving a miniseries, really.))

speaking of fanworks--

Date: 2017-02-10 09:56 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: silence to the death! (Comfortable Courtesan silence)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
This may be the place to leave this:

epistolary mathematical flirtation...and a wombatt [icons]

Being a compilation of all those text icons I keep making ("Oh, Sandy!" "towsell-mowsell on a sopha" "Madame Nemesis" "OT3 with the F-s" etc). Will be updated as/when I make more.

Just added "sleepy wombatt," "silence to the death!" and "HATPIN TIEM!" :-)

Anyone desiring an icon with a different quote, or in a different colour, may apply in comments at the above link, and I will do my best. :D

Date: 2017-02-25 11:34 pm (UTC)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
From: [personal profile] derien
The files for Volume the First and Volume the Seventh (I think?) seem to be named the same.

Date: 2017-02-26 02:16 am (UTC)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
From: [personal profile] derien
Well, hopefully. :) I have named it Volume 7 as I downloaded it, but it did appear to be named the same as Volume 1, still.

Date: 2017-02-26 01:36 pm (UTC)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
From: [personal profile] derien
You are the best! I'm enjoying this story so much, I really don't want it interrupted. ;) THAT indicates I really need to see about making a donation. :)

Available in hard copy?

Date: 2017-04-13 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] anna_wing
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy this serial epic! Also, might there at some point be a plan to have it available for sale in print as well as e-book, by Lulu or some similar service? I would like to have a hard copy.

Date: 2017-04-18 08:08 pm (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
I am really enjoying these - I just raced through volume 1, I love the delicate humour, and I am delighted to find there are 10 more volumes.

Date: 2017-05-12 09:33 pm (UTC)
rymenhild: Manuscript page from British Library MS Harley 913 (Default)
From: [personal profile] rymenhild
I have collected the bonus materials to share with a friend, and, with apologies for the liberty, I am linking them here.

Letter found in a copy of Jane Marcet's 'Conversations on Chemistry'
Originally posted after Vol. 3
Takes place after Vol. 3

Two letters to a friend and mentor
Originally posted after Vol. 3
Takes place early in Vol. 1 (probably)

An event never written down, but indelibly inscribed in three hearts
Originally posted after Vol. 3
Takes place during Vol. 2

Encrypted passages in a curious commonplace book
Originally posted after Vol. 3
Takes place during Vol. 1

A fragment
Originally posted after Vol. 6
Takes place during Vol. 3

The lightning that just missed
Originally posted after Vol. 6
Takes place during Vol. 3, contemporaneous with 'A fragment'

A little seasonal treat from your amanuensis
Originally posted during Vol. 10
Takes place before Vol. 1

A little something as a New Year's treat
Originally posted during Vol. 10
Takes place ... ? Potentially during Vol. 10

A little something: the Marquess replies
Originally posted after Vol. 10
Takes place before Vol. 1, after 'A little seasonal treat from your amanuensis'

Drabble: a mere manner of speaking
Originally posted after Vol. 11
Takes place during Vol. 1

Pretty contrition
Originally posted after Vol. 11
Takes place during Vol. 6

Thank you as always for the wonderful words!


Edited Date: 2017-05-12 09:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-18 07:34 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Might these be made up as some sort of bonus volume at some point?

Date: 2017-05-18 11:36 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
That is good to hear! And, indeed, no hurry whatsoever. <3

/has just added Vol 10 & 11 to her Goodreads read stack, hehe

Date: 2017-07-10 12:19 am (UTC)
aedifica: Me looking down at laptop (off screen).  Short hair. (Default)
From: [personal profile] aedifica
Thank you for collecting these! I have only been reading the epubs, so I would never have known about these lovely additional bits.

Date: 2017-05-31 01:55 am (UTC)
doushkasmum: (Default)
From: [personal profile] doushkasmum
As another person who has great trouble keeping track of initials I am very hopeful that a more formal publication would use the fuller name forms. I have downloaded the files (and have made some token of appreciation) but I would cheerfully pay again for the full names version.
Thank you so much for the many delightful hours of reading.
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