“Would you like to hear some Bloch, my little love?” — Auntie Mame

“Would you like to hear some Bloch, my little love?”

The story is set in New York City in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s and revolves around a boy (Patrick) being reared by his eccentric, slightly outrageous, but loving Auntie Mame.

In this scene, in his bestseller Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis has his character, Mame Dennis, exposing her nephew to different composers, “exciting modern masters.”   Patrick (now a Junior at St. Boniface Academy), the narrator in the story, says, “Auntie Mame had sent me to Boston that afternoon to buy a lot of new Bartok records, and she insisted on playing them at full volume.  “Ah, my little love,” she said, pouring herself a drink, “a quiet evening at home, à deux, and a chance to have a little chat and listen to some really exciting modern masters.”  Later, given the context of the story, while caring for the pregnant Agnes Gooch, Auntie Mame opines, “Of course, music therapy is important to the expectant mother, if only for the strong prenatal influences, but I do get a bit weary of Glazunov and Meyerbeer — pretty as they are.” Later she asks, “Would you like to hear some Bloch, my little love?”

Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Dennis, 1955, pp. 194-95

[ISBN 0-8161-5987-4]

Found in the G. K. Hall Large Print Perennial Bestseller Collection.

Under his pseudonyms of Patrick Dennis and Virginia Rowans, Edward Everett (Pat) Tanner III was the author of sixteen novels — most of them best sellers — including the now-classic Little Me and Auntie Mame.