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Thursday’s lesson: disappointment

May 17, 2007

Jonny Opinion said this:

“To be English is to stand in the rain all afternoon, waiting for a feeling of disappointment that never comes.”

I don’t wish to argue with him. However, here is an image to prove that disappointment exists even in Canada:

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I have used the word disappointment before, in public. It appeared in this couplet:

He was right resentful, yes, he was wretching up resentment.
But Jonah’s overwhelming mood was one of quiet disappointment.

And then it — the word, the song — disappeared. It was disappointed.
ANYWAY I was referring, you know, to Jonah’s disappointment at being inside a whale. Disappointment does seem to be the correct word. We’re disappointed in the belly of the whale.

In Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus tells a class of schoolboys that a pier is “a disappointed bridge”. Enjoy the West Pier at Brighton, on fire (this is not my photograph):
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A Pier-Pyre.

You want more silver? You won’t be disappointed by this picture:

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Just Do It!

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The only obvious way to combat disappointment, as you might know, is to get under the desk.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jaclyn permalink
    May 18, 2007 3:44 am

    Ah, my sunken birthday balloons. I cannot bring myself to get rid of them just yet.

  2. May 18, 2007 6:02 pm

    Were you clean-shaven when you got under the desk? If so, bonus points for commitment. It’s the reading Gaston Bachelard that does it, as I’ve explained before.

  3. May 19, 2007 11:08 pm

    Get ready for bed.

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