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15 Dec 2014 (updated 15 Dec 2014 at 21:43 UTC) »

It's Monday. guess y'all know that already. A debt was piled on my desk $10,176.00 from labor dept. of New Jersey and none of website on its letter works...
For more information visit: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/content/overpayment.html NOT FOUND.

OR ELECTRONIC PAYMENT MAY BE MADE AT
https://www1.state.nj.us/TYTR_LBR_Claims/jsp/Login.jsp
'Site is taking too long ...'

go Christie go for 2016 US OF A.!

mesg sent to MDC to check out gobank. also submit my resume to Oracle@Trenton, fondly recall Oracle acct manager was telling the audience about his ex-job, 'In the business world, the customer is your King. But on my last job, guess what? Our customer is more or less wrong to fall into your hands in the first place...' Good humor had for all at the time...no more ?

I am applying for Ethics Analyst ( $23.11/hr) at OAG. deadline Dec 3, 2014
wish me luck!

The Office of Attorney Ethics is seeking an individual to perform legal research, and draft briefs and memoranda
for complex, financially-oriented attorney disciplinary cases. The selected individual will also prepare investigative
reports and pleadings for pending ethics cases and will assist ethics counsel in preparing for oral argument before
the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Court’s
Disciplinary Review Board.

14 Nov 2014 (updated 11 Dec 2014 at 03:01 UTC) »

i'm having a bad headache, thinking too hard about things long past.


To ease restless mind, I decided to publish " Out of the house of Burgess " - a book review written by ME!

榮格 Carl Gustav Jung

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

儿童的教养源于成人的修为而非说教。


The important thing is what he [a man] talks about, not whether he agrees with it or not.

一个人重要的是他谈论什么、而不是他赞同或不赞同什么。


The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.

青春美酒并不总是随岁月流逝而日渐清彻,有时它会日渐混浊。


If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.

不理解一个人,就往往会把他当成傻瓜。


Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

理解自身的阴暗,是对付他人阴暗一面的最好方法。


There are many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

一年中的夜晚与白天数量相同、持续时间一样长。即使快乐的生活也有其阴暗笔触,没有“悲哀”提供平衡,“愉快”一词就会失去意义。耐心镇静地接受世事变迁,是最好的处事之道。


I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice.

恨自己就无法爱他人。这就是在面对因其极度高洁而闻名的人时,我们感觉极为不安的原因:他们带来自我折磨的氛围——一种邪恶而非德行。


Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

人需要困扰,困扰是心理健康的必需之物。


Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.

对死亡的回避是不健康和异常的,它使生命第二阶段失去目标。


The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results.

对最强烈冲突的克服,使我们获得一种稳定超然的安全与宁静感。要获得有益而持久的心理安全与宁静,所需要的正是这种强烈冲突的大暴发。


There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

没有痛苦,就没有意识的唤醒。


From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life.

中年之后,只有已为告别人生做好准备的人,才能继续在生活中朝气蓬勃。


The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

最可怕的事情是完全接受自己。


A collection of a hundred great brains makes one big fathead.

集合起一百个伟大头脑,就会得到一个大傻瓜。


Here we must ask: Have I any religious experience and immediate relation to God, and hence that certainty which will keep me, as an individual, from dissolving in the crowd?

在此我们必须发问:我是否拥有任何宗教体验、拥有与上帝的直接关联,从而获得一种确然性,使我做为个体免于消融于群众?


Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

潜意识如果没有进入意识,就会引导你的人生而成为你的命运。


Wholly unprepared, we embark upon the second half of life. Or are there perhaps colleges for forty-year-olds which prepare them for their coming life and its demands as the ordinary colleges introduce our young people to a knowledge of the world? No, thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life's morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.

我们完全手足无措地踏上生命的后半征程。普通大学把年轻人引入知识世界,什么学校能让四十几岁人为未来生活做好准备?没有这种学校,我们完全无备地踏入后半生;而更糟的是,我们假定现实和理想会一如既往地效忠于我们。但实际上,我们不能依照生命之晨,来度过生命之午后,因为晨时的伟大会成为傍晚时的琐碎,而晨时的真理会在傍晚变为谎言。


What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of personal life and speak to the spirit and heart of the poet as man to the spirit and heart of mankind.

艺术作品应当超越个人生活的天地、直面诗人的精神与内心深处,如同人直面人类的精神与内心。


It is, moreover, only in the state of complete abandonment and loneliness that we experience the helpful powers of our own natures.

而且,只有在完全的听天由命和孤独状态,我们才能体验到我们自身天性的积极力量。


In some way or other we are part of a single, all-embracing psyche, a single "greatest man".

在某种意义上,我们从属于一个涵盖一切的单一心灵、从属于一个单一的“总体人”。


What is stirred in us is that faraway background, those immemorial patterns of the human mind, which we have not acquired but have inherited from the dim ages of the past.

在我们的内心深处被唤起的,就是那个久远的背景——古老的人类心理模式,它们源于遗传而非后天习得,我们从业已模糊的往日世代继承了它们。


Every man carries within him the eternal image of woman. . . . This image is fundamentally unconscious, an hereditary factor of primordial origin . . . an imprint or 'archetype' of all the ancestral experiences of the female, a deposit, as it were, of all the impressions ever made by woman. . . .

每个男人内在地拥有永恒的女人表象。...... 这一表象在根本上存在于潜意识中,它是具有原始起源的遗传因素 ...... 是所有祖先的女性体验的印记或“原型”,是女人所造成的所有印象的积淀。


Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer.?.?.?. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.

我总是感到,生活就象萌发于地下根茎的植株。生活的真正生命是不可见的,它深藏于地下根茎中,而显露出地面的可见一斑部分只能生存一个夏季。我们所见到的是将会消逝的花簇,而根茎长驻。


At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the plashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons.

有时我会感到,我伸展开来覆盖大地、延伸进万物:我感到自己生活在每一棵树木中、生活在浪花中、生活在往来无定的云朵和动物中、生活在季节的轮回中。


Knowledge does not enrich us; it removes us more and more from the mythic world in which we were once at home by right of birth.

知识不会使我们更丰富;它使我们越来越远离神话世界——这个我们曾经的天然家园。


A belief proves to me only the phenomenon of belief, not the content of the belief.

在我看来,一种信仰只是一个信仰现象,信仰的内容无足轻重。


The greatest and most important problems in life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.

在某种意义上,生活中的最重大和最重要问题都是无法解决的。我们无法解决它们,只能在成长中超越它们。


Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.

只有当人能够察看自己的内心深处时,他的视野才会变得清晰起来。向外看的人是在梦中、向内看的人是清醒的人。


The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.

潜意识表象赋予人以巨大责任。不理解这些责任、或逃避道德责任,会使人失去整体性、使人的生活痛苦地碎片化。


The unconscious is the unwritten history of mankind from time unrecorded.

潜意识是未曾付诸文字的人类洪荒时代史。


Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

人的任务,就是意识到从潜意识中努力向上涌出的内容。


The dream is a little hidden door in the innermost and most secret recesses of the soul, opening into that cosmic night which was psyche long before there was any ego-consciousness, and which will remain psyche no matter how far our ego-consciousness extends.

梦是开设在灵魂深处最隐蔽角落的小小隐秘窗口,它所通向的宇宙夜空是心灵性的,在自我-意识出现之前很久就已如此,而无论我们的自我-意识的疆界如何扩展,它将始终通向心灵的夜空。


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

每件促使我们注意到他人的事,都能使我们更好地理解自己。


Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.

在生活的洪流中,没有人是毫无烦恼的。


Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.

父母死气沉沉的生活对周围人特别是自己孩子的影响,是无与伦比的。


The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

创造不是来自智力,而是来自源于内在需要的游戏本能。创造性头脑与它所钟爱的对象玩耍。


The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

两个灵魂的相遇就像两种化学物质的接触:一丁点的反应就会彻底改变它们。


We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.

对于任何事务,要改变它就要先接受它。谴责不会解放而只会压迫。


As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

在我们视野所及中,人类存在的唯一目的,是在纯粹存在的黑暗中燃起一点光亮。


The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

在生命中,最微不足道但有意义的事物,也比最伟大但无意义的事物更有价值。


Observance of customs and laws can very easily be a cloak for a lie so subtle that our fellow human beings are unable to detect it. It may help us to escape all criticism, we may even be able to deceive ourselves in the belief of our obvious righteousness. But deep down, below the surface of the average man's conscience, he hears a voice whispering, "There is something not right," no matter how much his rightness is supported by public opinion or by the moral code.

对习俗和法律的遵从很容易成为对谎言的掩饰,这种掩饰极为巧妙,令人无法察觉。它可以使我们逃避所有的批评,它甚至能够使我们欺骗自己,令我们相信自己是显然正当的。但是无论他的正当性得到多少公众舆论或道德准则的支持,在内心深处、在普通人的意识层次之下,他仍听到一个低低的声音:“哪儿有点不正常”。


The teacher pretended that algebra was a perfectly natural affair, to be taken for granted, whereas I didn't even know what numbers were. Mathematics classes became sheer terror and torture to me. I was so intimidated by my incomprehension that I did not dare to ask any questions.

老师声称代数是完美而自然的、我们应无条件地接受它,而我甚至不能理解什么是数。对我来说数学课完全就是恐怖和折磨。我完全不理解代数,这使我胆怯得不敢问任何问题。


It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are themselves.

我们看待事物的方式、而不是事物本身如何,决定着一切。


All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.

人类的所有成就都源于创造性幻想。那么我们没有权利轻视想象力。


Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.

确实,天才的天赋和他的人类品质有时会差异如此巨大,人们不得不怀疑天赋平庸点也许是件好事。


There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

没有情感,就不会有黑暗向光明、冷漠向活力的转变。


Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place

创造性力量很容易变成破坏性力量。这只取决于人们的道德人格:是用此力量做好事或做坏事。如果人们缺乏这种道德人格,则没有一种说教能够提供它或取而代之。


The word "happiness" would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

没有“悲哀”提供平衡,“愉快”一词就会失去意义。


The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.

青春美酒并不总是随岁月流逝而日渐清彻,有时它会日渐混浊。


Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

理解自身的阴暗,是对付他人阴暗一面的最好方法。


There are many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

一年中的夜晚与白天数量一样多、持续时间一样长。即使快乐的生活也有其阴暗笔触,没有“悲哀”提供平衡,“愉快”一词就会失去意义。耐心镇定地接受世事变迁,是最好的处事之道。


The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

最可怕的事情是完全接受自己。


Here we must ask: Have I any religious experience and immediate relation to God, and hence that certainty which will keep me, as an individual, from dissolving in the crowd?

在此我们必须发问:我是否拥有任何宗教体验、拥有与上帝的直接关联,从而拥有一种确然性,使我做为个体免于消融于群众?


A collection of a hundred great brains makes one big fathead.

集合起一百个伟大头脑,就会得到一个大傻瓜。


Without freedom there can be no morality.

没有自由就不会有道德。


Meaning has an inherent curative power. Meaning affects everything.

意义具有内在的治疗能力。意义影响到一切事物。


The individual cannot give his life point and meaning unless he puts his ego at the service of spiritual authority superordinate to man.

个体只有使自我向高于人的心灵权威臣服,才能赋予自己的生命以特质和意义。


I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something stronger than myself, something that people call God.

我不能够说我有信仰。但我理解!我曾体验过它:某种比我自己更强大的存在控制了我,那就是人们所称的“上帝”(当被问及是否信仰上帝时荣格的回答)。


The world hangs on a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.

世界悬于一线,那根线就是人的心灵。


No matter what the world thinks about religious experience, the one who has it possesses a great treasure, a thing that has become for him a source of life, meaning, and beauty, and that has given a new splendor to the world and to mankind.... Where is the criterion by which you could say that such a life is not legitimate, that such an experience is not valid?

无论这个世界如何看待宗教体验,拥有宗教体验的人持有一笔巨大的财富:它已成为他的生活、意义、以及美的来源,并给予世界和人类一份新的壮丽。...你是根据什么标准,来判定这种人生不合理、这种体验没有根据?


What is it in the end, that induces a person to go his own way and to rise out of unconscious identity with the mass as out of a swathing mist? Not necessity, for necessity comes to many, and they all take refuge in convention. Not moral decision, for nine times out of ten we decide for convention likewise. What is it, then that inexorably tips the scales in favor of the extraordinary? It is what is commonly called vocation: an irrational factor that destines a person to emancipate himself from the herd and from its well-worn paths. True personality is always a vocation and puts its trust in it as in God . . . But vocation acts like a law of God from which there is no escape. . . . He must obey his own law, as if it were a daemon whispering to him of new and wonderful paths. Anyone with a vocation hears the voice of the inner person: he is called."

是什么诱使一个人最终以自己的方式挣脱出与群众的潜意识认同,就像挣脱出一团迷雾?不是需要,因为存在多种需要,而它们都在常规中寻求庇护。也不是道德决定,因为十次中有九次我们会选择常规。那么是什么东西如此冷酷地使天平偏向于非凡?它就是我们通常所称的天命:一种非理性因素,它注定一个人要从民众、从民众的衿熟之路中解脱出来。真正的人格永远是一种天命,它信任天命犹如信任上帝。...而天命就象上帝的训诫,它无可逃避。...人必须服从自身的法则,它犹如守护神,向人耳语出新的妙奇之路。享有天命的人听到这个内在本性的吐露:冥冥中...在召唤他。


The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is "man" in a higher sense - he is "collective man," a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind."

艺术家不是赋有自由意志寻找自身命运的人,而是让艺术经由自己实现其目的的人。做为人类一员的他可以有心境、意志和个人目标,但做为艺术家的他就是更高意义上的“人”——他是“集体人”,他是人类潜意识心理生活的载体和模板。


The idea of God is an absolutely necessary psychological function of an irrational nature, which has nothing whatever to do with the question of God's existence. The human intellect can never answer this question, still less give proof of God. Moreover, such proof is superfluous, for the idea of an all-powerful divine Being is present everywhere, unconsciously if not consciously, because it is an archetype.

上帝的理念是非理性天性的一种绝对必要的心理机能,它与“上帝是否存在”这一问题毫不相干。人类理智永远无法回答这一问题,更不必说提供上帝存在的证据。而且,这种证据也是多余的,因为全能神圣存在的理念在处处显现——意识或潜意识中的,因为它是一个原型。


People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls.

人们会想尽一切办法——无法有多么荒谬——来避免面对自己的灵魂。


Every life is the realisation of a whole, that is, of a self, for which reason this realisation can also be called `individuation'. All life is bound to individual carriers who realise it, and it is simply inconceivable without them. But every carrier is charged with an individual destiny and destination, and their realisation of these alone makes sense of life. True, the `sense' is often something that could just as well be called `nonsense', for there is a certain incommensurability between the mystery of existence and human understanding. Sense and nonsense are merely man-made labels which serve to give us a reasonably valid sense of direction.

每个生命都是某个整体的实现——即自体的实现,也因此,还可以称这一实现为“个体化”。所有的人生都被束缚在个体载体上,个体实现生命,没有个体是完全不可想象的。但是每个载体都肩负着个体的命运和目的,载体只需实现这些,就可以使人生具有意义。确实,“意义”也常常可以称为“无意义”,因为在存在之神秘之物和人类理解之间,存在着某种不可通约性。意义与无意义都不过是人造标识,它们给我们以适度有效的方向感。


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just finished reading Joan Biskupic's book 'Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice'.

below is a conversation I came across that is worth recording for my own sake.


From Andre V.
To Susan Y.
Date Jun 11, 2013
Just remember that God is in control and if you or anybody like her try to hurt Israel they all loss and if we let someone like her to hurt God's people they will and always loss also. Just look at WWII and the German people.



On June 7, 2013, Susan wrote:
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hi Andre,

I do believe that you are sent by holy spirit for peace in our troubled time and troubled world. Sergio didn't want to take part in your prayer to save his life before the Almighty , he must have his reason. That reason won't die with him., I'm afraid.

There is so much killing going around, witnessing all the tragedy is hard enough for any man to bear, let alone women and children. How can we discern what is our true calling to act or not to act in the name of serving humanity instead of serving existing power struggle?

President Obama just nominated Samantha Power to be Ambassador to U.N. ? Do you think she is the right person?

Below is a very negative report.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/350297/samantha-power-exemplary-pick-charles-c-w-cooke

Do you believe in its conclusion?

My apology for giving you such heady news and opinion.

Warm Regards

-Susan

29 Aug 2014 (updated 29 Aug 2014 at 13:58 UTC) »

back from a weekend of camping and hiking, rafting fun...
http://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/trail-maps-nj.htm

finished this book 'music lesson' by Victor Wooten, incredible story about spirit of music/life.

reflect on American life thru TV series 'mad man'. that's all for now.

岳飞 《满江红》

"However, James T.C. Liu, a history professor from Princeton University, states that Yue Fei's version was actually written by a different person in the early 16th century.[1] The poem was not included in the collected works of Yue Fei compiled by Yue's grandson, Yue Ke (岳柯; 1183–post 1234), and neither was it mentioned in any major works written before the Ming Dynasty. The section that states the author's wish "to stamp down Helan Pass" is what led scholars to this conclusion. Helan Pass was in Western Xia, which was not a military target of Yue Fei's armies. Liu suggests the "real author of the poem was probably Chao K'uan who engraved it on a tablet at Yueh Fei's tomb in 1502, in order to express the patriotic sentiments which were running high at that time, about four years after General Wang Yueh had scored a victory over the Oirats near the Ho-lan Pass in Inner Mongolia."[1]"

to read about 'internet gambling'

almost finished reading two wonderful books:

A. Carl Schmitt's HAMLET or HECUBA: the intrusion of the time into the play' translated by David Pan & Jennifer Rust.

B. 'Professional Correctness' by Stanley Fish 1995
Clarendon Lectures delivered at Oxford in the middle two weeks of May, 1993.

This book is dedicated to L. Glenn Black, Christopher and Gillian Butler, Andrew Lockett, Helen Nicolaou, Joseph Raz, Vicki Reeve, Kim Scott Walwyn, and the many others who showed such kindness to two strangers in Oxford.

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updating the best laid plan of mice and men. Close this chapter, girl and get on trucking as the saga advises you.

Congressman Rep Rush Holt adds $2 million for IC whistleblowing

When Benjamin Franklin was the British postmaster general of the colonies, he had to visit the major cities of all the thirteen Colonies to set up post offices.

A weary Franklin used to arrive at an inn after a long day's horseback ride to find all the chairs by the warming hearth taken.

So one day when he pulled into Hartford at seven in the evening, Franklin announced to the innkeeper, "A bucket of oysters for my horse."

When the host expressed astonishment, Franklin repeated hi instructions, and all the inn's guests vacatged their seats close to the fire to witness this extraordinary equine who ate oysters. Franklin then took a choice seat by the fireplace.

Minutes later, the innkeeper, with a throng of guests, rushed back into the inn.

"Franklin," they exclaimed, "your hrse won't eat the oysters!"

"In that case," replied Franklin from his seat by the fire, "give me the oysters and give my horse some hay!".

And here's 'wife after death'

In 1740s Franklin was among a group boarding a ship from PHiladelphia to New York. To get to the boat, passengers - twelve at a time - would take a canoe. The canoe overturned in the Delaware River. All were picked up safely. When they arrived in New York, Franklin treated his fellow canoe riders to a round of drinks at a New York tavern.

One of his former ferrymates bragged of helping save the life of the famous Franklin. Franklin, who was a superb swimmer, genially let the boast pass unchallenged.

But in the years that followed, the self-annointed savior milked this claim to dun Franklin for some 'loans." Franklin, against his better judgement, would give something , and over the years it mounted to a considerable sum.

The old cadger eventually died. Yet to Franklin's consternation he received a letter from the widow asking for more financial aid.

Franklin explained to his wife, 'He seems to have left me his wife as part of her dowry."

writing an 'Op-Ed' for Good Friday post. Here's the 'Preamble'..


'DON'T they consult the 'Victims,' though?"

I said, "They should, by rights,

Give them a chance - because, you know,

The tastes of people differ so,

Especially in Sprites."

The Phantom shook his head and smiled.

"Consult them? Not a bit!

'Twould be a job to drive one wild,

To satisfy one single child

There'd be no end to it! "

"Of course you can't leave children free,"

Said I, "to pick and choose:

But, in the case of men like me,

I think 'Mine Host' might fairly be

Allowed to state his views."
He said "It really wouldn't pay --

Folk are so full of fancies.

We visit for a single day,

And whether then we go, or stay,

Depends on circumstances.

"And, though we don't consult ' Mine Host'

Before the thing's arranged,

Still, if he often quits his post,

Or is not a well-manner Ghost,

Then you can have him changed.

"But if the host's a man like you --

I mean a man of sense;

And if the house is not too new --"

"Why, what has that ," said I, "to do

With Ghost's convenience ? "

"A new house does not suit, you know --

It's such a job to trim it:

But, after twenty years or so,

The wainscotings begin to go,

So twenty is the limit."

"To trim" was not a phrase I could

Remember having heard:

"perhaps," I said, "you'll be so good

As tell me what is understood

Exactly by that word?"

"It means the loosening all the doors,"

The Ghost replied, and laughed:

"It means the drilling holes by scores

In all the skirting-boards and floors,

To make a thorough draught.

"You'll sometimes find that one or two

Are all you really need

To let the wind come whistling through --

But here there'll be a lot to do!"

I faintly gasped "Indeed!

"If I'd been rather later, I'll

Be bound," I added, trying

(Most unsuccessfully) to smile,

"You'd have been busy all this while,

Trimming and beautifying?"

"Why, no," said he; "perhaps I should

Have stayed another minute --

But still no Ghost, that's any good,

Without an introduction would

Have ventured to begin it.

"The proper thing, as you were late,

Was certainly to go:

But, with the roads in such a state,

I got the Knight-Mayor's leave to wait

For half an hour or so."

"Who's the Knight-Mayor?" I cried. Instead

Of answering my question,

"Well, if you don't know that ," he said,

"Either you never go to bed,

Or you've a grand digestion !

"He goes about and sits on folk

That eat too much at night:

His duties are to pinch, and poke,

And squeeze them till they nearly choke."

( I said "It serves them right! )

"And folk who sup on things like these -- "

He muttered, "eggs and bacon --

Lobster -- and duck -- and toasted cheese --

If they don't get an awful squeeze,

I'm very much mistaken!

"He is immensely fat, and so

Well suits the occupation:

In point of fact, if you must know,

We used to call him years ago,

The Mayor and Corporation!

"The day he was elected Mayor

I know that every Sprite meant

To vote for me, but did not dare --

He was so frantic with despair

And furious with excitement.

"When it was over, for a whim,

He ran to tell the King;

And being the reverse of slim,

A two-mile trot was not for him

A very easy thing.

"So, to reward him for his run

(As it was baking hot,

And he was over twenty stone),

The King proceeded, half in fun,

To knight him on the spot."

"'Twas a great liberty to take! "

( I fired up like a rocket.)

"He did it just for punning's sake:

' The man," says Johnson, 'that would make

A pun, would pick a pocket! '"

"A man," said he, "is not a King."

I argued for a while,

And did my best to prove the thing --

The Phantom merely listening

With a contemptuous smile.

At last, when, breath and patience spent,

I had recourse to smoking --

"Your aim," he said, "is excellent:

But - when you call it argument --

Of course you're only joking?"

Stung by his cold and snaky eye,

I roused myself at length

To say, "At least I do defy

The veriest sceptic to deny

That union is strength!"

"That's true enough," said he, "yet stay --"

I listened in all meekness --

" Union is strength, I'm bound to say;

In fact, the thing's as clear as day;

But onions are a weakness."

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