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Thought for the day

The folk I love

I do hate the folk I love---
They hurt so:
Their least word and act may be
Cause of woe.

'Won't you come to tea with me?'
'Not to-day;
I'm so tired, I've been to church.'
Such folk say.

All the dreary afternoon
I must clutch
At the strength to love like them---
Not too much.

-- Lesbia Harford (1891-1927)

Current Mood: hurt

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j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still trying to get to you.
lnr From: lnr Date: September 25th, 2003 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs*

I'm sorry if I've not been a very good friend lately.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
You have been a good friend, more so than I have! *hugs*

huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: September 25th, 2003 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Kipling says it best:

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you
If all men count with you, yet none too much
j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Then ... "You'll be a man, my son!"
Ye-es. (I have kippled, and I know I don't like it.)

If nothing can hurt you, you're probably dead.
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: September 25th, 2003 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
But I do want to be a man, in that sense. And to play up and play the game, come to that.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, well, I aspire neither to Y chromosomes nor to the sort of stiff-upper-lipped stoicism advocated in "If". And I loathe and despise cricket. ... It is cricket in that poem, isn't it? I can't remember. All sports look the same to me.

I aspire to being a Real Chalet School Girl. They don't bring their girls up to be "spineless jellyfish", you know.
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: September 25th, 2003 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
If modern society encouraged stiff upper lips over bloody whinging all the time, the world wouldn't be in the state it's...OK, won't go there.

I find both Chalet and Abbey impenetrable, I'm afraid. I used to like Malory Towers, but now I'm horrified that I ever did. Some day I'm going to write an article about what my life would have been like if I'd had the misfortune to go to school in an Enid Blyton universe.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
If modern society encouraged stiff upper lips over bloody whinging all the time, the world wouldn't be in the state it's...

Well, no, it'd be in a different state; but I'm far from convinced that it'd be in a better state, and I'm thoroughly unconvinced that individuals would be happier as a result.

I suppose it all rather depends on what one thinks "society" ought to be, and whether one regards the pursuit of individual happiness as A Good Thing.

I used to like Malory Towers, but now I'm horrified that I ever did.

Likewise, though for different reasons; I can't believe that I wasn't offended by the style, when I clearly remember being offended by similarly patronising attitudes from adults in real life.

I'm surprised you don't get on with the genre, though; the "schoolgirl code" is generally very keen on not whining, not sneaking, and standing on your own two feet without treading on other people's toes.

Some day I'm going to write an article about what my life would have been like if I'd had the misfortune to go to school in an Enid Blyton universe.

If you'd existed in Blyton's universe, you'd be too two-dimensional to write anything interesting about your life...

I honestly think I'd be a much happier person if I'd lived in the Chalet School universe. Though I'm less convinced that the flame and brown uniform would have suited me.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I honestly think I'd be a much happier person if I'd lived in the Chalet School universe.

Naturally. Everyone there was happy, at least after their first term.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: September 25th, 2003 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
If I alone could keep my head when all around were losing theirs
I probably wouldn't bother writing poetry.
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Damn you, that was the other response I considered to huskyteer's comment.

(That phrase "it's laughter and it's loving I disdain" makes the back of my brain feel scratchy, because it would make sense -- of a kind -- with or without the apostrophes.)
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't noticed you disdaining either very convincingly.
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j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I disdain your mother.
addedentry From: addedentry Date: September 25th, 2003 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I look at the world and I notice it[']s turning
j4 From: j4 Date: September 25th, 2003 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Bastard!
lnr From: lnr Date: September 25th, 2003 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Istanbul^WConstantinople!
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: September 25th, 2003 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Carmen San Diego.
lnr From: lnr Date: September 25th, 2003 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I was just finding that too.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 25th, 2003 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
but if you hold on tight to what you find
you might not mind so much
that even this must pass away
imc From: imc Date: September 26th, 2003 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You can't always get what you want.
But if you try some time,
you might just find
that this song is a load of cobblers.
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