Saturday, September 13, 2008

Book Morality

Third chapter into The Haunted Bookshop and I came across this text on page 58 that I like very much. This is also the text that Roger Mifflin, the proprietor of The Haunted Bookshop was very much fond of and had hung over his own desk. It conveys the first element of book morality, as he articulated it. Here's what it says (and I believe is how every booklover feels whenever a book is borrowed by their friends; I certainly feel this way):


ON THE RETURN OF A BOOK
LENT TO A FRIEND

I GIVE humble and hearty thanks for the safe return of this book which having endured the perils of my friend's bookcase, and the bookcases of my friend's friends, now returns to me in reasonably good condition.

I GIVE humble and hearty thanks that my friend did not see fit to give this book to his infant as a plaything, nor use it as an ash-tray for his burning cigar, nor as a teething-ring for his mastiff.

WHEN I lent this book I deemed it as lost: I was resigned to the bitterness of the long parting: I never thought to look upon its pages again.

BUT NOW that my book is coming back to me, I rejoice and am exceedingly glad! Bring hither the fatted morocco and let us rebind the volume and set it on the shelf of honour: for this my book was lent, and is returned again.

PRESENTLY, therefore, I may return some of the books I myself have borrowed.


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And something really cute for a relaxing Saturday afternoon. Such a drama cat!

"god why?! Why did you invent dogs?!"
More of this cute laughs at lolcats.