“To be or not to be, that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” Ah, that famous Shakespearean quote.
Learned it from the Classic Illustrated series*. All the heavy hitters in comic book form; proto-graphic novels. No normal kid comics permitted.
I’d do my chores, get my .25 weekly allowance and head to the variety store. Some penny candy (peppermint leaves, licorice twists) and a weekend play date with HG. or RLS.
I know, a bit of a cheat seeing as Billy, not me, wrote 26 of the 83 words. But honestly, that phrase pops into my head insistently, based on my memorization of the soliloquy. Any manner of things will set it off.
In school, had to memorize Portia’s “The quality of mercy is not strained, It droppeth as gentle rain” speech. Also, for my own warped reasoning, my “memory piece” for a grade school class was Poe’s “the Raven.”
Might have been the same year when my teacher called my mother to suggest I was a disturbed child. My version of a Hallowe’en story was definitely Poe-ish. And, compared to the rest of the assignments (friendly ghosts, costume parties, trick or treating), mine was the most macabre. And, the ending involved the loss of a body part. (Does this count as a socs post since I mentioned this week’s prompt: body parts?)
I mention this it’s almost howlin’en. Now, do I put the treats out on Saturday or Sunday?
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Classics Illustrated is an American comic book/magazine series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Misérables, Moby-Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad. Created by Albert Kanter, the series began publication in 1941 and finished its first run in 1969, producing 169 issues. Wikipedia
October 27, 2021 at 9:11 am
Well I was often in trouble with the nuns ….they did not encourage imagination especially of the spiritual kind 😆🦠🦠🦠
October 29, 2021 at 1:19 am
They would have “loved” me. I got sent off to Protestant sunday school when, one night at supper, I informed my parents that God and Mother Nature were married, and Jesus was their son . . . I must have been a “hit” with the Sunday School teachers. Though some where is a certificate indicating I attended the pre-requsite # of classes. And, on the certificate: a lovely blond Jesus (who I was probably still convinced was Mother Nature’s legitimate and normally conceived son. The rest — a conspiracy theory, lol.
October 29, 2021 at 3:03 am
Lol I absolutely love that, yes the Nuns would of all had a fit of the vapours . I love that theory it’s classic.
October 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm
hahahaha! you know, at some point, as a child or teenager, my “writing” was also called into question – with everyone wondering if I was a disturbed child ….. (little did they know or understand, but wow, do I remember my mother’s severe glare, the purse of her lips, like a live electrical wire waiting to unleash fire – although she never did – just the eyes speaking, in accusation “how dare you” and implied “threats” – “you had better hold your tongue/words” … for all the secrets) ….. then of course, came the snooping …. wow, did I ever become extra “attuned” to energies …. and it didn’t matter how much “hallmark” I proffered —- always under suspicion, guilty before charged …. 😂😂😂 hmmm … maybe that’s why I revile “hallmark writing” ….. at any rate, I have absolutely no idea why your fascinating post has sent me in this direction, an odd (and clearly unintentional on your part) trigger I suppose …. but hey, I’m laughing like a demon, or maniac, just remembering it all ….. *sigh* …. must be the season ….. as the veil gets ever closer to “thin” …..
October 25, 2021 at 12:52 pm
It’s open season for triggers — talking with my friend in Ottawa this morning, and I said, “2021 is the year of the trigger!”
I’m not sure when my mother informed me. She didn’t get much involved in my school work, except to always side with the teacher/adminstration. Hell, she battled the school board to get me into kindergarten a year early! But, I know that look — I got a similar one for having, as you know, having an overactive imagination. Making up stories was her big accusation. Now, if only I could make up a few best sellers . . .
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October 26, 2021 at 8:27 am
actually, it doesn’t surprise me – the ghosts are wandering, ’tis the season …. so we’d better buckle up – October tends to be heavy handed for it ….
“that look” – oh yeah, it’s burned into the brain …..
as for “a few best sellers” — there already in you ….
October 27, 2021 at 12:52 am
Yes, all hallows does seem to let loose the demons. And, the triggers. And personal ghosts . . .
Maybe one of the ghoulies will scare that best seller out of me, lol.
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October 27, 2021 at 1:00 am
it’s a weird time of year, coupled with everything else …. as for scaring it out of you? well, that’s a possibility, in the meantime, you can always crunch some dark turtles ;)
October 27, 2021 at 1:22 am
Oh, don’t tempt me with those dark chocolate turtles . . .
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October 27, 2021 at 1:27 am