Sunday, June 13, 2010
Long Dumps and Spoony Glum
Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz
XI (The Bloomsbury Christening
Mr. Nicodemus Dumps, or, as his acquaintance called him, "long Dumps," was a bachelor, six feet high, and fifty years old: cross, cadaverous, odd, and ill-natured. He was never happy but when he was miserable; and always miserable when he had the best reason to be happy. The only real comfort of his existence was to make everybody about him wretchedthen he might be truly said to enjoy life.
Ambrose Bierce, The Man Out of the Nose
The bearing of the man was one of profound dejection; indeed, the unsympathetic youth of the neighborhood, with that keen sense for visible characteristics which ever distinguishes the young male of our species, sometimes mentioned him among themselves by the name of Spoony Glum.