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How, in God’s name, can anyone be bored? - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
How, in God’s name, can anyone be bored?
There is so much to read and write and do and experience.

What’s that? It’s all been done? The great days are over? All is stale, flat, and unprofitable?


The weather, proverbially, is an anodyne subject; and the Shipping Forecast soothing and cosy. What rot. If the Met Office is describing seas as ‘phenomenal’, if the Shipping Forecast contains such phrases as ‘there are warnings of gales in all areas’ and ‘severe gale nine to storm ten, occasionally violent storm eleven’, do you not thrum like a plucked string?

Or – take any three chaps you like: with a dog, or without. Let them complain of boredom and accidie. Well, what happens next?

That’s up to you. Put ’em on the Thames, and you’ve Three Men in a Boat. Challenge them to poach the Highlands, and John Macnab is back in business. Make the three private soldiers in India, and you’ve Plain Tales From the Hills regarding Soldiers Three; make ’em schoolboys, and you’ve Stalky & Co. Have them look out peculiar ways of making mun, and … well, it never does to spoil Chesterton, does it. (The attentive have I trust noted that the authors mentioned, save Buchan, have in common that they all played for the same XI, under the captaincy of Sir JM Barrie.)

It doesn’t matter if there are only seven plots, or twenty, or six-and-thirty, or whatever sodding number you like: the changes that can be rung on any situation are infinite.

Reader or writer – and we are all of us at least the former – dweller in this earth and its winds and weather: how dare any of us be bored?

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eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: February 3rd, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are totally right. If someone is bored they are not paying attention. Also, they are ungrateful.

As for books, it is a comfort to know that there are more books to love than I can read in a lifetime.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: February 3rd, 2014 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

A comfort, yes.

But also a vexation. Too many books, too few years....

Thank you.
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