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Monday, April 25, 2016

U IS AN UNPLUMBED WELL

"When Freud fled Austria after the Nazi takeover,

 the Nazis would not let Freud board the train to Paris unless he provided a statement that absolved them of any blame.

 'I can heartily recommend the Gestapo to anyone,' Freud wrote. The Nazis did not see the irony." 
- Paul Boehm

Freud looked almost relieved as he said, "We are nearing the end of this Challenge of yours ... and mine."

He looked at Mark. "Soon I will be spared your wit, half share though you have."

Mark pretended to be stabbed by an invisible sword under his heart. 

 "Wit ... the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation."

He shrugged. 

"Wit and Humor--if any difference it is in duration--lightning and electric light. 

Same material, apparently; 

but one is vivid, brief, and can do damage--the other fools along and enjoys the elaboration."

I was afraid things might get nasty again and said, 

"The Letter now is U.  And the concept of Understanding occurs to me."

Freud nodded, 

"Odd that you mention Understanding.  I believe Twain that I understand your prickling words to me."

He sighed, 

"Far from being able to identify with me, many people feel threatened.  

I am a quintessential father figure. 

Many people see themselves as rebels against authority and so feel compelled to throw barbs at me."

Mark winked at me and jabbed a thumb at Freud.  "And he's humble, too."

Mark smiled, 

 "I always try to acknowledge a fault frankly.  

This will throw those in authority off guard and give you time to commit more!"

 Freud said, "Do you believe half of what you say?"

"If I don't, I lie."

22 comments:

  1. "I always try to acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off guard and give you time to commit more!"
    Great line.

    Liz A. from
    Laws of Gravity

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    1. Mark Twain was one of a kind all right. :-)

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  2. Hi Roland - I bet Freud was distinctly relieved at being able to get on the train - what a great story ...

    Understanding ... they set the scene for some future thought ... we are still in that realm - working to comprehend life ... cheers Hilary

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    1. When we get to the "W" post, we will find out more about that exit visa, not all of it happy :-(

      Each day the curtain rises a bit more on what we understand of the world, right? :-)

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  3. The banter just gets better and better! Great post again.

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thanks, Susan. The banter as I write it makes me smile, too. :-)

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  4. Thought provocation, from you, to you by you, and to others too: is one of many of your natural unique gifts Roland. This IMHO, is a belly Laugh, that lasts all day, 'til next letter's surprise.

    From: instant 'ice breaking'-(fall through) awakened/beginning. "laughter of- ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation." To: - both Sigmund and Mark's last comments, ...^^^ PRICELESS....!

    At times I wished I worked Logistics at and for a Library, so I could literally watch Your books fly off of shelves, if I had to throw them myself. Not necessary on my part, just a jab back to offer you a chuckle. I wish You everything You wish for Mon Ami.. ~~ 合掌

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    1. I am so happy I added a bit of laughter to your day, Robert. Well, if that library had a poltergeist, I could see my books flying off the shelves!! :-)

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  5. These two and you are a hoot. "If I don't lie." Well the bigger stories I tell the more convinced I am, it's the truth. haha

    Teresa

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    1. You and Mark Twain are the same. When I wrote of Twain in THE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS ABROAD and DEATH IN THE HOUSE OF LIFE and THE STARS BLEED AT MIDNIGHT, it was some of the happiest writing I've done -- and in the last two, he bantered with Oscar Wilde -- now that is a duo, right?

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  6. So clever. I'm continually entertained by these conversations. Love that last liner :)

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  7. I love that last line. It sounds very Twain-like.

    @Kathleen01930
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    1. I'm glad you think so. :-) I sometimes think I only channel Mark Twain when I write his dialogue -- reading volumes of his personal letters help me.

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  8. Do any of us truly understand anything about the other. Perception, impression, truth, lie or fact - which is which and how do we decide?

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    1. Your thoughts is what I tell myself when I am angry with someone -- in that I do not know really what triggered the words or actions which have stung me.

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  9. You're making me wish I were in the room with you. I want to see this exchange as well as read about it. You've captured the two personalities and philosophies throughout this challenge and I'm so glad we connected. I would have hated missing Freud and Twain.

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    1. I half-convince myself sometimes that I am in the haunted jazz club with them as I write! :-)

      I am happy we connected, too. I do believe Twain will help me in promoting your new book at Meilori's. Now, to find where that rascal has gotten off to!

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  10. Only you could have come up with this pair, together at Meilori's. As they say in the UK: Brilliant!

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    1. Thank you, Inger. I am happy you enjoy their quips at one another. :-)

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