Saturday, December 08, 2007

Clovis Engages Some Oysters

"Clovis relapsed for a few golden moments into tender intimacies with a succession of rapidly disappearing Oysters.

"'I think Oysters are more beautiful than any religion,' he resumed presently. 'They not only forgive our unkindness to them; they justify it, they incite us to go on being perfectly horrid to them. Once they arrive at the supper-table they seem to enter thoroughly into the spirit of the thing. There's nothing in Chritianity or Buddhism that quite matches the sympathetic unselfishness of an Oyster.'"

-- Saki, "The Match-Maker"

I realize Saki is best known for his comedic writing; but sometimes he waxes positively philosophical. Or is this more like poetry? The more of a Catfish I am, the harder it is to tell apart the different landscum writing disciplines.

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Blogger Duamuteffe said...

Ah, Clovis Sangrail- I spent most of my teenage years mooning over him. Saki, gods rest his sarky soul, had a lot of his priorities straight when it came to dealing with normal human beings, i.e. unrest cures and asparagus sauce.

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