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