02 January 2013

An Original Relation

He was interested in his own primary, personal religious experience and that of his parishioners, not in repeating and deferring to the reported religious experiences of long-departed historical personages.  When he studied, say, the Book of Proverbs, he no longer thought of himself as a commentator but as the potential author of a similar book.  (Richardson, Emerson: The Mind on Fire, p 90.)


After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people.  (Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

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