October 11th, 2013

Mail box

Mail box

По какой-то странной ассоциации пришло в голову, что в городе пропали почтовые ящики. Лет 20 и более назад на каждом доме был такой, так что можно было бросить бумажное письмо в ящик без проблем. Теперь они пропали, и для отправления писем приходится тащиться на почту. Электронная эра наступила незаметно, и момент исчезновения почтовых ящиков не удалось зафиксировать. Это была присказка.

На почтовых ящиках была надпись: «Выемка почтовых отправлений производится 4 раза в день». В прежнее время всякий мог видеть и прочитать эту надпись. Но кто когда-либо произносил  слово  «выемка»? Даю голову на отсечение, что я никогда этого слова не произносил. Оно относится к категории т.н. «слов-неслышимок». Их видели, но не слышали, потому что никто их не произносил. Есть ли ещё такие слова-неслышимки?

Есть также слова-непроизносимки. В метро громкий голос говорит: «В случае обнаружения бесхозных предметов сообщите в полицию». Кто-нибудь применяет в своей речи слово «обнаружение»? В обыденной речи скажут: «Если найдешь бесхозную вещь, скажи ментам». «Обнаружение» — слово-монстр. Обходимся без него.

Новости книголюбия

Френд из Канады сообщил, что у них за  Das Stunden-Buch  издания 1905 года просят 1 (один) канадский доллар. Моя книга издана в 1920 г. и за неё дают:
Das Stunden-Buch enthaltend die drei Bücher: Vom moenchischen Leben - Von der Pilgerschaft - Von der Armuth und vom Tode
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Insel Verlag Leipzig, 1920. 4,00 €
+ (Versand ) 2,00 €
Судя по данным , рынок перенасыщен "Часословом". Некоторые просят  € 6 и даже 7, но не факт, что у них купят.

loss of libraries

In England, the Saxons, the Danes, and the Normans were each successively the destroyers of literary productions. The Saxon Chronicle, that invaluable repository of the events of so many years, bears ample testimony to numerous instances of the loss of libraries, and works of art, from fire, or by the malice of designing foes. At some periods, so general was this destruction, so unquenchable the rapacity of those who caused it, that instead of feeling surprised at the manuscripts of those ages being so few and scanty, we have cause rather to wonder that so many have been preserved.

tore in pieces the Bibles

Bishop Carpenter built a library for the use of the monastery of Exeter Church, in the Year 1461, over the charnal house; and endowed it with £ 10 per annum as a salary for an amanuensis. But the books deposited there were grievously destroyed during the civil wars; for on the twenty-fourth of September, 1642, when the army under the Earl of Essex came to Worcester, they set about "destroying the organ, breaking in pieces divers beautiful windows, wherein the foundation of the church was lively historified with painted glass;” they also "rifled the library, with the records and evidences of the church, tore in pieces the Bibles and service books pertaining to the quire[НВ1] ." Sad desecration of ancient literature! But the reader of history will sigh over many such examples.

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The Chinese ghost

The Chinese ghost

The Chinese ghost is by no means always a malevolent person, as, indeed, has already been made clear from the affecting narrative of the ghost who passed an examination. Even the spectre which answers in China to the statue in ' Don Juan,' the statue which accepts invitations to dinner, is anything but a malevolent guest. So much may be gathered from the story of Chu and Lu. Chu was an undergraduate of great courage and bodily vigour, but dull of wit. He was a married man, and his children (as in the old Oxford legend) often rushed into their mother's presence, shouting, " Mamma ! mamma ! papa's been plucked[НВ1] again ! " Once it chanced that Chu was at a wine party, and the negus [НВ2] (a favourite beverage of the Celestials) had done its work. His young friends betted Chu a bird's-nest dinner that he would not go to the nearest temple, enter the room devoted to coloured sculptures representing the torments of Purgatory, and carry off the image of the Chinese judge of the dead, their Osiris or Rhadamanthus. Off went old Chu, and soon returned with the august effigy (which wore " a green face, a red beard, and a hideous expression") in his arms. The other men were frightened, and begged Chu to restore his worship to his place on the infernal bench. Before carrying back the worthy magistrate, Chu poured a libation on the ground and said, " Whenever your excellency feels so disposed, I shall be glad to take a cup of wine with you in a friendly way." That very night, as Chu was taking a stirrup cup before going to bed, the ghost of the awful judge came to the door and entered. Chu promptly put the kettle on, mixed the negus, and made a night of it with the festive fiend. Their friendship was never interrupted from that moment. The judge even gave Chu a new heart (literally) whereby he was enabled to pass examinations ; for the heart, in China, is the seat of all the intellectual faculties. For Mrs. Chu, a plain woman with a fine figure, the ghost provided a new head, of a handsome girl recently slain by a robber. Even after Chu's death the genial spectre did not neglect him, but obtained for him an appointment as registrar in the next world, with a certain rank attached.

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