'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Do not ...

Here's a choice. But very much N O T my own!
Having said that, it makes for a harder 'live'.

I'm reading 'Room With a View' and Lucy sings:

"Look not thou on beauty’s charming,
Sit thou still when kings are arming,
Taste not when the wine-cup glistens,
Speak not when the people listens,
Stop thine ear against the singer,
From the red gold keep thy finger;
Vacant heart and hand and eye,
Easy live and quiet die."

- Sir Walter Scott
from The Bride of Lammermoor.
It reminds me of Dylan Thomas : Do not Go Gentle ...


  1. I've never read 'Room With a View' although I've seen the film several times or more. I always recall the wistful tones with which Lucy sang "Easy live and quiet die." Quite the opposite, I thought, to DT's "Rage, rage against the dying of the light.".

  2. Absolutely the opposite Geeb. Thomas is saying 'don't give up!' and Lucy (where she was at the time - muddled and fooling herself she didn't love George) is wanting to deny all feelings and risks and take on the 'quiet' life ironically propounded by Scott. At least, I believe him to be being ironical - stating what he doesn't believe. I also like the way the two clergy in the story, Mr Beebe and Mr Eager, represent the two views.


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