Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Diary of a Nobody

Just feeling like sharing today. Utenom alt det andre spennende jeg gjør for tiden, så bruker jeg mye av min våkne tid på å lese. Det går ikke særlig fort, for jeg leser som regel Sherlock Holmes hjemme, og en annen bok på bussen. Nå er det The Diary of a Nobody som leses, en komedie fra år 1888, skrevet av brødrene Weedon og George Grossmith. Hittil faller den i smak, og jeg syns det er et fint portrett av en fiksjonell karakter og hans liv. Ikke minst henger jeg meg opp i noe av språket som er søtt og gammeldags. Vår "by the way" er f.eks her den tidligere versjonen "by the by". For ikke å glemme alle tilfeller hvor personen bak dagboken noterer ned spøker han gjør, og noterer ned hva han syns er riktig humor og ikke. Et eksempel på dette ligger i dagboknotatet fra 27 april, som følger under. Og under der er dagens dato notert, og den følgende 16 mai, som også er litt komisk. Sorry for the lack of photos.

APRIL 27:
Another ring at the bell; it was Gowing, who said he ´must apologise for coming so often, and that one of the days we must come round to him`. I said: ´A very extraordinary thing has struck me.` ´Something funny, as usual,` said Cummings. ´Yes,` I replied; ´I think even you will say so this time. It's concerning you both; for doesnt it seem odd that Gowing's always coming and Cummings is always going?` Carrie, who had evidently quite forgotten about the bath, went into fits of laughter, and as for myself, I fairly doubled up my chair, till it cracked beneath me. I think this was one of the best jokes I have ever made.

And for the record, I'll add todays date diarynote.

MAY 12:
Got a single copy of the Blackfriars Bi-weekly News. There was a short list of several names they had omitted; but the stupid people  had mentioned our names as ´Mr and Mrs Porter`. Most annoying! Wrote again and I took particular care to write our name in capital  letters, POOTER, so that there should be no possible mistaken this time.

And for this diary-entry, I will add the one on May 16, which adds on to todays.

MAY 16:
Absolutely disgusted on opening the Blackfriars Bi-weekly News of today, to find the following paragraph: ´We have received two letters from Mr and Mrs Charles Pewter, requestiong us to announce the important fact that they were at the Mansion House Ball.` I tore up the paper and threw it in the wastepaper basket. My time is far too valuable to bother about such trifles.

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