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Sunday, 29 June 2008


As I am currently reading PG Wodehouse's "Meet Mr Mulliner" - and it is so delightful, I can also offer a quotation about marriage.
This is a bishop speaking to Augustine Mulliner, the curate.
"Think well, Mulliner," he said. "Marriage is a serious affair. Do not plunge into it without due reflection. I myself am a husband, and, though singularly blessed in the possession of a devoted helpmeet, cannot but feel sometimes that a man is better off as a bachelor. Women, Mulliner, are odd."
Of course, it is more likely that this fits more for a stag's night than for a wedding day...

Fine passage. On first reading it the Papageno/Papagena aria from the Magic Flute popped into my head - "es ist das Hoechste der Gefuehle" - the height of happiness.

That's a lovely thing to read at a wedding. So true!

Not all of us skip easily in love, for some it is a vastly more serious affair. Darkest Cat

That's quite a difference in reading. :-D

I like the William Penn excerpt. It is still just as important today as it was then, and perhaps more. We so easily and thoughtlessly skip to the alter in "love", then leap to the lawyer when things start getting difficult.

Everyone should have to read 'The Cat in the Hat' to children on at least a yearly basis. It's a very good way to establish priorities. "It's fun to have fun, but you've got to know how!"

Oh that's perfect. Hubby and I are celebrating our 15th anniversary next week. :)

I used to live in the Meeting House founded by William Penn and set up an exhibition about him once

The "Cat in the Hat" was one of my favourite books as a child; worked well for a number of years for my son too. Even better perhaps is "The Cat in the Hat comes back".

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