Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quotation of the day for December 28, 2010

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Quotation of the Day for December 28, 2010

"We had an unfortunate case some years ago of a very decent young fellow who came out as a scene designer. Clever chap but he went completely native - wore ready made shoes, and a belt instead of braces, went about without a tie, ate at drug stores. Then if you'll believe it, he left the studio and opened a restaurant with an Italian partner. Got cheated of course, and the next thing he was behind a bar shaking cocktails. Appalling business. We raised a subscription at the cricket club to send him home, but the blighter wouldn't go. Said he liked the place, if you please. That man did irreparable harm, Barlow. He was nothing less than a deserter. Luckily the war came. He went home then alright and got himself killed in Norway. He atoned, but I always think how much better not to have anything to atone for, eh?"

- Evelyn Waugh, from his novel The Loved One, describing a British expatriate in America.

Submitted by: Mike Krawchuk
Dec. 13, 2010

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