Abel, fascinated with Alpha, which he perceives as the exact opposite and yet perfect complement to his ogreish
obsession with digestion and excretion, will search throughout the novel for the qualities he believes it to embody.
Like the lurid stories in the boys' comics he sold in the shop: grim-jawed fighter-pilots and ogreish
Films such as Robert Altman's The Player and George Huang's Swimming With Sharks and real-life exposes of the drug-crazed antics of Don Simpson and the ogreish
office politics of Scott Rudin (not to mention Julia Phillips' bridge-burning autobiography, You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again) have posited the film producer as a modern-day Mephistopheles.
Tangential to that, and complementary to the whole of her work as being all of a piece, are the themes that 1) love is a prison; 2) even men who fuck great are insufferable ogres; 3) women will be jilted by those great fucks; 4) women are transparent voids without their men; 5) women who enjoy sex will end up fighting ogreish
husbands for the custody of children, usually sons; and 6) women's unrequited love affairs will lead them to buy sedatives in bulk and take walks along the seashore during storms or late at night while contemplating Death - not death in general, but their own, their suicide, their self-mortification.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Wear off 9 Up-end 10 A-list 11 Ogreish
12 Eau 13 Resonant 16 Versions 17 Zip 19 Earplug 21 Burns 22 Gamut 23 Recital DOWN: 1 Sweater 2 Manicure 3 Font 4 Currents 5 Yeti 6 Idaho 8 Footslogger 13 Resolute 14 Nazareth 15 Epistle 18 Reign 20 Ramp 21 Buck QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 In the saddle 8 Ace 9 Out 11 Perfume 12 Adore 13 Add 14 Top 15 Satchel 17 Tom 19 Owed 21 User 23 Oboe 25 Wimp 27 Two 29 Abdomen 31 Shy 34 Old 36 Tiara 37 Matinee 38 Err 39 Car 40 Encountered DOWN: 1 Iced 2 Nerd 3 Haulage 4 Speech 5 Drake 6 Loot 7 Euro 8 Apart 10 Tepid 16 Loo 18 Mum 20 Wet 22 Spa 24 Breathe 25 Waste 26 Common 28 Order 30 Bravo 32 Hire 33 Yarn 34 Once 35 Lead
Much of Part 1 deals with Nicholas and Kate's parallel adventures in these places, populated by Dickensian grotesques like the ogreish
Wackford Squeers and the bizarre Mantalinis.
More hilarity comes from Fiona's new ogreish
appreciation of burping and other indelicate bodily functions.
When it was first staged at the National Theatre 20 years ago, Howard Brenton and David Hare's satire about an ogreish
right-wing foreign entrepeneur riding roughshod over the British press was all too topical.