Tuesday, July 25, 2006



Halldór Laxness, The Fish Can Sing, chapter 21 (tr. Magnus Magnusson):
He thought Latin a ridiculous and unnecessary invention, particularly the subjunctive; he believed that it was the prince of darkness who had so arranged it that one verb could have different forms by the score in Latin and by the hundred in Greek; and yet he did not hesitate to tackle all these rigmaroles, for the sake of his calling.

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