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  •  William F. Buckley has the arrogance & uptightness (8+ / 0-)

    but, in his youth, had more humor and self-awareness than the Duke. I like Yankee/British for it: Cultured, with very sharp teeth.

    "The poem is truly immortal -- in the sense of lasting to we kill the earth immortal." Your own tales are none too shabby. Speaking of Chaucer . . .

    I went to boarding school at The King's School, Canterbury. One hot afternoon we were playing frisbee, barefoot, around a grass square. Where tarmac had recently been laid down. So my feet soon had blackened soles.

    The bell went, for afternoon lessons. Soon, the place was deserted. I set off, in full school uniform, but barefoot, for the carpentry shop (for turpentine). Walking around the huge central green court, the headmaster appeared, coming my way. I knew enough to continue forward, calmly.

    As our paths crossed, the headmaster looked down at my bare and blackened feet. Then he said, "Going on a pilgrimage, are we?"

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:27:49 PM PDT

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