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March 24, 2009

Quote for the day

One of our longtime and highly esteemed Pointificators once asked to be reminded when it was time once again to check Dorothy L. Sayers's great play cycle The Man Born to Be King out of the library. He had the Christmas season in mind, but my own preferred time for a rereading of this classic is right before Easter. So everyone consider this quote (one of my favorites) your reminder!

"The Master's the only good man I ever met who knew how miserable it felt to be bad. It was as if he got right inside you, and felt all the horrible things you were doing to yourself. . . . But I don't suppose Judas ever let him in. He was too proud. I think it was harder for him than for people like Matthew and me and that poor robber on the cross. We know we're so awful anyhow that it's no good pretending we're not, even to ourselves."

Spoken by Mary Magdalen, Play 12, "The King Comes to His Own," in The Man Born to Be King

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Jason Taylor

This is tangential, but it is a quote and I have wanted to post it because it is funny.

> Two of the foreign team were caught in a blizzard on the summit ridge
above the Col and were radioing down to their Sherpas on the Col begging them to
come down. The Sherpas, in rather shaky English, were steadfastly refusing and
the foreign climbers in my camp were trying to cajole them...
> In my heart I felt there had been enough deaths on Everest and if I could
help avoid more I had to try. The foreign climbers
welcomed my help and I took
the radio and spoke to the south Col Sherpas. 'I am the grandson of Tenzing
Sherpa' I stated in Nepali, 'and I have been listening to this problem.
Tell me why you will not go and help these to men.' Sherpas very rarely deny
help on a mountain and I felt there had to be more to the story. In Nepali they
could speak honestly. They said the climbers had been very rude to them and
inconsiderate of their safety on the Col. They were very upset and I fully
understood why. Yet I had to convince them to bring the climbers down-whatever
it took. 'I understand why you are angry,' I told them sincerely,
'but we are Sherpas and we have never willingly let anyone die on a
mountain. It is not our way. We have a great tradition, especially on Everest
and to do this would bring great shame on our people.' I had
> from my heart but in response I heard only mumbling and whispering.
stood firm in their resolve to stay put. I had one last plea: 'Okay, if that
is how you feel, what can I do? But remember, one day your life will end and you
will probably be reincarnated as a... Western Climber'. That did it. The
thought was all too much and they quickly agreed to don their boots and head
out. The foreign climbers were found and brought safely down and we Sherpas have
a great laugh when the story is told now.
> -Tashi Tenzing


Wow - l'il ol' *me* is "highly esteemed"??!? Thanks, G, but I feel most unworthy.

And your advance notice *might* be just enough time for me to get it by Christmas. ;-). I hope you marvel a bit that even though I live in the least-churched state in the USA, and the least-churched county of that state, DLS in general and *that* book in particular generates a waiting list.

And what a perfect Resurrection Sunday quote. Thank you.

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