Monday, March 15, 2010

Hunting Advice from an Unlikely Source

Tom McIntyre sent this quote. Who is it? Wild guesses encouraged, even necessary. I'll give the answer later in the week.

"...for sleep is a kind of protection, strange as it may seem. For sleep, if it excites the lust to capture, seems to appease the lust to kill, there and then and bloodily, any hunter will tell you that. For the monster on the move, or on the watch, lurking in his lair, there is no mercy, whereas he taken unawares, in his sleep, may get the benefit of milder feelings, which deflect the barrel, sheathe the kris. For the hunter is weak at heart and sentimental, overflowing with repressed treasures of gentleness and compassion. And it is thanks to this sweet sleep of terror or exhaustion that many a foul beast, and worthy of extermination, can live on until he dies in the peace and quiet of our zoological gardens, broken only by the innocent laughter, the knowing laughter, of children and their elders, on Sundays and Bank Holidays. And I for my part have always preferred slavery to death, I mean being put to death."

8 comments:

mdmnm said...

Ghandi

Matt Mullenix said...

I googled it. Won't spoil the surprise.

Isaac said...

Ingrid Newkirk? :-)

Mark Churchill said...

Obviously British: "bank holidays". Latter half of the nineteenth century, judging from the style. Most Englishmen of the period (those who came to fame, anyway) could be expected to be more bellicose than this peaceable soul who "has always preferred slavery to death"—a sentiment that runs directly counter to the martial spirit of "Rule Brittania". Keen observer...I'm going to guess Charles Darwin, and then follow Matt to the Google.

Mark Churchill said...

Not even close.

R Francis said...

Samuel Beckett
Molloy
oh the wonder of Google
not quite cricket but hey

Chas S. Clifton said...

Being used to busting student plagiarists by using Google, that was pretty easy—but also quite unexpected.

smartdogs said...

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