At this time of the semester, it becomes increasingly pressing to amuse myself with anecdotes and ridiculousity. Here are a few related to my current Paradise Lost paper.
Today I found myself blessing the efforts of myself and a fellow paper writer with, “May the Muse smile upon you.” Which was naturally followed by this little exchange between myself and my own Muse:
“I always smile upon you.”
“But sometimes it’s a smile that says ‘You sweet mad thing.'”
“You didn’t specify.”
One of the sources for my paper is an article from a scholarly journal. I downloaded the PDF of the appropriate pages, and the first page contains the final three footnotes of the preceeding paper in the journal.
One is a summary of a portion of the “Dick Wittington and His Cat” story detailing the cat’s rat hunting services to the King of the Moors, and the King’s subsequant generous reward.
The next is a citation to Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
And the last directs the reader to a book called The True Story of Dick Wittington: A Christmas Story for Cat-lovers for an example of something pertaining to the text.
I really want to know what this paper is about now! I’ll have to see if a little sleuthing can turn up the whole thing.
My Milton paper topic has me alternately singing the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and quoting the Princes Bride: “Man and wife! Say man and wife!”