"I think Daphne sometimes became fascinated by the sound of words and rhythm of phrases occasionally to the detriment of their meaning. This always seems to me one of the charms of her writing, because it contributed to the music of her prose. I have no documentation whatsoever to support this remark but I feel in my bones that it is true. Some passages from The King's General, where Daphne describes the countryside nearby Menabilly, seem to me particularly mellifluous."
So wrote Sheila Hodges, Daphne's editor and friend for over 40 years. This triggered in Festivalgoer Collin Langley the idea of creating a record of favourite du maurier lines. Immediately, webmaster John Baxendale set-up a new page on the du Maurier website: www.dumaurier.org/favourites
Daphne's son Kits Browning and Ann Willmore of Bookends of Fowey readily added their support and in December 2008 the YFL team started contacting Festival friends and in Kits' case, members of the du Maurier family, to elicit their favourite lines.The du Maurier online Members Forum (formerly Guestbook) heralded the new favourite lines page.
Quotes emerged from a wide range of Daphne's books, the reasons for their choice equally interesting. Daphne's lines evoke memories of childhood, reflect her love of natural beauty, Paris, the French countryside and Fowey. Also featured are her sense of humour, literary symbolism, imagery, magical plotting, and the light, shade and economy of her prose. Daphne is remembered as mother, grandmother, friend and much loved author.
Entry guidelines are included on the website and over 100 favourite lines have been received so far. Choices may be posted via the website or mailed to the YFL team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you read this please consider adding your own favourite lines and be part of this unique and enduring record of Daphne's work.