July 16, 2012
"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary..."
1. I am sure there are thousands of hilarious ways to end that sentence.
2. Thomas Jefferson chose to swamp the rest of the sentence in commas...
3. I am not criticizing Thomas Jefferson. Commas are fine citizens of the English language, very fine and respectable. I believe Charlotte Bronte was fond of them...
I can't correctly imagine colonial America. When,in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to replace historic pavement with car-asphalt, and commercialize Williamsburg, the people do it. It's impossible to object to this - it was necessary and had to be done. But I couldn't help but notice the scuffed, present-day carpet in front of the door of the printing press building...
Meeting new people is considerably harder for me. I don't think I would have trouble talking to Emily Dickinson, though - "Hello!" I'm Nobody! "Who are you?"