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Scylla and Charybdis

the devil and the deep blue sea

... any others?

In my personal experience, it's Between the Busy Road and the Poison Ivy

That dappled sidewalk may look inviting, but if you step from the curb YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF TRUCKS AND CARS and if you brush against the foliage on the right, you will have itchy ankles: it's poison ivy.

Two people can't walk abreast very easily there. One person could practice their balancing on the pale curb, or the other could practice elf-walking lightly over the top of the poison ivy like Legolas on snow, but...

... would you like another moonflower?


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Aug. 27th, 2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
Moonflowers are always good.
Aug. 28th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
That's the conclusion I've reached, too.
Aug. 28th, 2016 12:21 am (UTC)
Why does poison ivy have to be such a pretty green?

That moonflower is lovely.
Aug. 28th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
Good question! I think poison ivy is the honeybadger of plants.

The moonflowers are absolutely delighting me.
Aug. 28th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)
And such pretty red berries!

Lately I've looked up bryony, which is ingestion-toxic with beautiful berries.

Have you by any chance read Ruth M. Arthur's A Candle in Her Room, which contains a character named Bryony? It's not awfully well-written but it's nonetheless compelling, and was very popular when I was a child.
Aug. 28th, 2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yes I **did** read it! I remember it being quite scary--an intergenerational story: that was cool. I remember none of the plot specifics, but I do remember reading it.

I didn't recall that it had a character in it named Bryony, but I do remember having come across the name in stories as a kid, so maybe what I'm remembering is its occurrence in A Candle in Her Room.
Aug. 28th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, a lovely story of cursed obsession. I reread it and reread it. I think all my friends reread it and reread it. I only know about the quality of the writing because I bought an ex-library copy decades later-- and was surprised during my reread. (I still have the book.)
Aug. 28th, 2016 01:15 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I read it. I do remember that Bryony and Gillyflower were really popular names for the requisite Fey Child/Strange Young Girl in really bad Gothic romances that I powered through on the library shelves when I was twelve and thirteen.
Aug. 28th, 2016 01:32 pm (UTC)
The things I missed! I didn't know there were romances as a genre until I was sixteen, though that was a major part of my fondness for Jane Austen and Jane Eyre.

Bryony was the third sister, not Good like Liss and not Naughty like the Dido-stealing sister. But she was corrupted by Doll.

Edited at 2016-08-28 01:33 pm (UTC)
Aug. 28th, 2016 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the moonflower!
I don't know any other between phrases.
Aug. 28th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
As is often the case with common names for flowers, there are other blooms that go by the same name, including, in the case of moonflower, datura (, which I saw in Timor-Leste, and which you may have seen there too (or possibly where you are now). But this moonflower is in the morning glory family (Ipomoea--it's Ipomoea alba)

(Here's a datura photo from Timor)

Aug. 29th, 2016 01:20 am (UTC)
:) Yes, I know that flower. Thank you for that gloriously sunny picture of it!
In the way of moonflowers, there's also the one in E. Nesbit's Harding's Luck:

It stood up, beautiful and stately, and turned its cream-white face towards the sun.

"The stalk's like a little tree," said Dickie; and so it was.

It had great drooping leaves, and a dozen smaller white flowers stood out below it on long stalks, thinner than that needed to support the moonflower itself.

"It is a moonflower, of course," he said, "if the other kind's sunflowers. I love it! I love it! I love it!"

I don't actually like Harding's Luck much - I read and lived The House of Arden as a child, and didn't read this linked story till I was an adult - but the moonflower is one of the good parts. (To be fair, there's quite a few good parts.)
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
I've read a few Nesbit books, but I didn't know this one!
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
Between tongue and teeth, between tendon and muscle, between lichen and stone. A different sort of betweenness, of course.
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:38 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like all of these, but especially the first.
Aug. 29th, 2016 04:59 am (UTC)
Yet another borderland to traverse with care. So much danger in the borderlands, always.
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:03 pm (UTC)
Even the most mild and understated ones.
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