I have never heard enough classical music to be able to enjoy it; & the simple truth is, i detest it. Not mildly, but will all my heart. To me an opera is the very climax & cap-stone of the absurd, the fantastic the unjustifiable. I hate the very name of opera - partly because of the nights of suffering i have endured in its presence, & partly because i want to love it and can't.
He that plays the king shall be welcome- his majesty shallhave tribute of me; the adventurous knight shall use his foil andtarget; the lover shall not sigh gratis; the humorous man shallend his part in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whoselungs are tickle o' th' sere; and the lady shall say her mindfreely, or the blank verse shall halt fort.
The proverb says, "born lucky, always lucky," and i am very superstitious. As a small boy i was notoriously lucky. It was usual for one or two of our lads (per annum) to get drowned in the mississippi or in bear creek, but i was pulled out in a 2/3 drowned condition 9 times before i learned to swim, and was considered to be a cat in disguise.
I have often been downcast, but never in despair; i regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary i treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why i have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
You've reached fantasia, where the undead live again every night," "for bar hours, press one. To make a party reservation, press two. To talk to alive person or a dead vampire, press three. Or, if you were intending to leave a humorous prank message on our answering machine, know this: we will find you.
I have never examined the subject of humor until now. I am surprised to find how much ground it covers. I have got its divisions and frontiers down on a piece of paper. I find it defined as a production of the brain, as the power of the brain to produce something humorous, and the capacity of percieving humor.