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  •  This is wonderful, disinterested! (21+ / 0-)

    Really enjoyed this diary, as it brings up a point about literature that I don't recall having been discussed before--at least, not in this forum. Sometimes we do find ourselves trying to be like a fictional character, aspiring to be better than we are.

    In my own case, the fictional character wasn't from a book, but from a TV series called "Due South."  The premise was "a fish out of water"--a Canadian Mountie, accompanied by his pet wolf, comes to Chicago to hunt down the killer of his murdered father, also a Mountie. The contrast between the solitude of the frozen wastes of the Yukon and the noisy, frenetic life of Chicago was the starting point of the conflict.

    After I stayed up late, evening after evening, watching the first season (which I'd missed), I wanted to be like Constable Fraser--kind, gentle, always right, and always correctly behaved.  I forbade anyone in my group at work to utter invectives stronger than "Oh, dear" and "Great Scott" and instituted a "swear box."  We had to put a quarter in if we said anything stronger than the approved phrases.  One Christmas our contributions went to Children's Hospital, another year to the Humane Society.

    Now that I look back on it, I was a much nicer person when I tried to emulate Constable Fraser, looking to find the good in people while making allowances for the imperfections of human nature.

    This part of your diary made me laugh out loud:

    A friend of my thought he could be Sherlock Holmes, and went about making acute observations and shrewd deductions, not a single one of which ever panned out. And then there was the guy that used to practice his quick-draw at the beginning of every episode of Gunsmoke.  He got pretty good at it too, for one night he put a bullet right through the TV tube before Matt Dillon even cleared leather.
    This is a most enjoyable diary to start the day--thank you kindly!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 05:16:49 AM PDT

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