This page:The Eyre Affair V 1.4 (UK copies only)

Welcome to my FREE UPGRADE page. Since my books are in a constant state of improvement, you might like to stay up-to-date and make sure you have the current edition of The Eyre Affair. (Sadly, my Prose Portal is not functioning at present otherwise I could just go into the original manuscript of The Eyre Affair and do all this for you.) To upgrade to the new Version 1.4 edition all you have to do is follow the simple steps outlined below. All upgrades are copyright Jasper Fforde 2001.

1: Editions covered by this upgrade: All United Kingdom hardback and softback editions BEFORE edition 13, when books were upgraded at source. ON NO ACCOUNT attempt to upgrade any advanced publisher's proofs or US editions; a 'deep text crash' may result which will render your book unreadable and could wipe your entire library.

2: If your copy of The Eyre Affair has already been upgraded to V1.1, DO NOT WORRY. All you need do is skip items 6,8,9 and 15 below. If your copy has not been upgraded already, continue on below.

3: Earth the book by touching it lightly against a dictionary.

4: Disable any third party ancillaries such as bookmarks, pressed flowers, old bus tickets, etc.

5: Using a fine black pen make the following corrections:

6: Go to page 32 and replace 'Stella' with 'Steller's - this is the correct spelling. The large slow-moving-manatee-type-mermaid-legend creature was named by Georg Wilhelm Steller, the German naturalist.

7: Go to page 97 and replace 'Haben zie mein dodo gesehen' with 'Haben Sie meinen Dodo gesehen.' My thanks to H Schumacher for assisting me on this one.

8: Go to page 100 and where it says: 'Those fools at SpecOps 11'. replace '11' with '13'. Small typographical error. SpecOps-13 deal with gene-splicing; SpecOps-11 deal with

9: Go to page 126 and where it says: 'A breeze, carrying with it the sweet scent of summer,' cross out 'scent of summer' and replace it with 'scent of spring'. As any botanist worth their salt will tell you, daffodils are a spring flower - not a summer one. I should have known this.

11: Go to page 201. Phew. This is a real corker of a problem. 'The' is, of course, not a preposition, so the best I can manage here is to delete 'of which there are a superabundance of these in the English language.' and replace it with: 'which, when mixed with dropped definite articles, make a nourishing food.' Capitalise 'there' at the begining of the next line, then add 'and two definite articles' between the next 'preposition' and the colon. Bored yet? Okay, then add 'and articles' after the next 'prepositions' so it all reads:

'...The answer is, of course, that I use omitted prepositions, which, when mixed with dropped definite articles, make a nourishing food. Journey's end, for instance, has one omitted preposition and two definite articles: the end of the journey. There are many other examples, too, such as bedside (the side of the bed) and streetcorner (the corner of the street), and so forth. If I run short I head to my local newspapers, where omitted prepositions and articles can be found in The Toad's headlines every day...'

12: Go to page 217 and where it says: 'The Red Queen used to believe four impossible things before breakfast' replace with: 'The White Queen used to believe six impossible things before breakfast' (My thanks to Henry Phillips for pointing this one out.)

13: Go to page 231 and where it says: 'All about them the heavy scent of summer lay upon the land' alter text to read: 'All about them the fresh smell of spring lay upon the land.' (If Wordsworth had written about lupins instead of daffodils, you and I wouldn't have to go through this embarrassing charade.)

14: Go to page 235 and where it says: 'Brodyr' alter text to read: 'Brawd' (Lots of headscratching over this one. 'Brodyr' is too close to 'Brethren' and 'Cydymaith' or 'Comrade' isn't right either. Monks refer to each other as 'Brawd' or 'Brother' and are not related, (the only good reason not to use it) so we thought - after a vote and several calls to Cardiff University - that this should be it.)

15: Go to page 279 and where it says: 'It's 18 July' alter text to read: 'It's the 18th of July.'

16: Go to page 303 and where it says: 'Rhonda' alter text to read: 'Rhondda' (Typo. I do know how to spell Rhondda, believe me.)

17: Go to page 307 and where it says: 'Brodyr Ulyanov' alter text to read: 'Y Brawd Ulyanov'. Adding the 'Y' here is a contextual thing. It means, simply, 'The brother Ulyanov'.

18: When you have finished the corrections reset the book by closing it and then turning it cover uppermost.

19: Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of The Eyre Affair V1.4. To fully authenticate your copy download the file 'upgrade1.4.jpg', print out the download, cut it out with scissors and affix it to the title page of your copy. Thank you for using the jasperfforde.com upgrade service.

Upgrade History:

The Eyre Affair Version 1.1: Initial upgrade. Corrected typographical, linguistic and horticultural problems.

The Eyre Affair Version 1.1.2: Small repair patch to stop chapters rearranging themselves alphabetically when the book is left in the sunlight.

The Eyre Affair Version 1.3: Upgrade to Core Text Coding in the book. In a sudden increased 'G' manoeuvre it is possible to force an unconstrained translation of pages 67 to 98 into Esperanto. This has now been fixed.

The Eyre Affair Version 1.3.2: Fixed the book against the very dangerous 'Colonic virus'. This virus can reduce the entire novel to a series of meaningless colons and can be spread from book to book by readers who turn down the page corners to mark their place instead of using a bookmark. This has now been fixed.

The Eyre Affair Version 1.3.3: Further upgrade to core text coding in the book. This curious technical jiggerfoby in the Text Operating System can't differentiate between a definite article and a preposition. This should fix it but if it doesn't, then a manual text deletion may have to be attempted in the next upgrade. Also: Full stops have been fixed spherical as some of you noticed they had a slight 'ovalness'. We thank people who have jammed our switchboards over this one.

The Eyre Affair Version 1.4: Latest upgrade. More linguistic, horticultural and typographical problems. Sadly, the V1.3.3 upgrade did not fix the definite article problem, so it will have to be done manually.

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