Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The Sooner, The Better

Arthur Coleridge, "Fragmentary Notes of Tennyson's Talk," Tennyson and His Friends (London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1911), pp. 255-271 (at 271):
He was fond of telling Lincolnshire stories. T. "An old farmer, at the time when railways were beginning, receiving a visit from the parson, moved uneasily in his bed, crying out, 'What with faäth, and what with real bad harvests, and what with them graät, horrid steäm-kettles, and what with the soön goin' raound the earth, and the earth goin' raound the soön, as soom saäy she do, I am cleän maäzed an' the sooner I gits out of this 'ere world, the better;' and he turned his face to the wall and died."
Hat tip: Karl Maurer.

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