Sunday, March 01, 2009


The Good Book

Stephen Leacock, Caroline's Christmas: or, The Inexplicable Infant:
"Ah, John, you'd better be employed in reading the Good Book than in your wild courses. Here take it, father, and read it" — and she handed to him the well-worn black volume from the shelf. Enderby paused a moment and held the volume in his hand .... "Take the book," she said. "Read, John, in this hour of affliction; it brings comfort."

The farmer took from her hand the well-worn copy of Euclid's Elements, and laying aside his hat with reverence, he read aloud: "The angles at the base of an isoceles triangle are equal, and whosoever shall produce the sides, lo, the same also shall be equal each unto each."
Hat tip: Conrad H. Roth.

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