|“HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS,”
SAID EMILY DICKINSON.
I have at this late stage of the game discovered Charles Dickens.
“Martin [Chuzzlewit] knew nothing about America, or he would have known perfectly well that if its individual citizens, to a man, are to be believed, it always IS depressed, and always IS stagnated, and always IS at an alarming crisis, and never was otherwise; though as a body they are ready to make oath upon the Evangelists at any hour of the day or night, that it is the most thriving and prosperous of all countries on the habitable globe.” (published 1843-44).
I was going to post that on FB but since “America” also lacks all sense of humor about itself I realized people would miss the satire and devolve into some vitriolic boring political argument. Instead of checking out Charles Dickens, if they haven’t already, and losing themselves in one of his genius, complex, entertaining, instructive, tragicomic moral tales.