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I read this snippet ages ago and it stuck with me as being unutterably sad.
It is from a letter that Lady Diana Cooper wrote to Evelyn Waugh. Lady Diana's husband, Duff Cooper, died while they were on a cruise. So she had a couple of days to think. Not good.
What you can't imagine is a creature with a certain iridescent aura and nothing within but a beating frightened heart built round and for Duff. . . . For two days I am quite alone -- in these empty rooms with one thought one prayer -- 'let it end now' -- an absurd feminine desire to die in the same way exactly as Duff. [ I have now a ] fearlessness of death -- so let it come now before custom of living disinclines me for dying.
THE LETTERS OF EVELYN WAUGH AND DIANA COOPER
Edited by Artemis Cooper
let it come now before custom of living disinclines me for dying
Distinctly quotable.
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You all know that the quote at the head of this thread is from Whittier's poem Maud Muller. Thie gist is that Maud is the daughter of a farmer and a wealthy Judge goes by her every day. The guy marries another chick and the wistful refrain is
Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”
If you haven't read it,read it. Sappy but not bad.
http://poetry-archive.com/w/maud_muller.html

The funny thing is that Bret Hart wrote a parody that is scathing and still fucking hilarious
http://www.thepoetsgarret.com/2005/050431.html
The idea is that Maude manages to actually marry the Judge. The results ain't purdy.

A sample:
Of the day he wandered down the lane.
And, looking down that dreary track,
He half regretted that he came back;
For, had he waited, he might have wed
Some maiden fair and thoroughbred;
For there be women fair as she,
Whose verbs and nouns do more agree.
For there be women fair as she,
Whose verbs and nouns do more agree
:doglaugh:

Oh my word.
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Not especially a sad observation, but did you know Evelyn Waugh's first wife's given name was also Evelyn?

His friends called her "she-Evelyn". 8)
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did know that. Thank you for responding, I can count on you. The rest of this lot are heathens, and not in a good way.

Another thread on it's way to the Stygian abyss.
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Artemis, that's a lost name for a boy today.

Oh! because it's the name of the daughter of Zeus & Leto.

Oh! and the twin sister of Apollo.

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And Lady Diana's grand daughter.

Sexist!!!
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I think ed may be channeling this guy.

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ed is the one on the right.
No. That's the one in the middle. On the right. His left your right.
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Here's a work of art that features teddy bears -- I know ed loves teddy bears in general and not just (as everybody does) his own.

Best viewed full screen. 8)

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Well dang, I was gonna write a truly pithy post about loosing a spouse with long drawn out cancer as opposed to some pommy twit who dropped dead on a goddamm cruise.
But this thread has become silly, yes Monty Python silly therefore I shall not comment further.

I guess some sort of smiley is in order here.
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Fid is learning the proper way to deal with ed. ;)
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The proper way to deal with ed is to put him on ignore.
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That is uncalled for and downright cruel. :cry:
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Never mind Shmep.

How about having more upbeat slogan and a less angry smiley in your sig? That will cheer everyone up.

Example:
Every day in every way, I care more and more. :BigGrin3:
... or better yet:

You bet your sweet ass I care. :lmao:
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Hey if I had ed on ignore I wouldn't have seen any of this.

Fuck off Abdul.
"It is not I who is mad! It is I who is crazy!" -- Ren Hoek

"what dicking deep shit i produce" -- pillory

Freedom of choice
Is what you got
Freedom from choice
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People are shitting themselves to death
Crap so much they fail to take a breath
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They thought Trump would throw them Charmin.

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I love you guys, y'alls like the abusive big brother I never had.
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Carl Sagan