Read on Wednesday, from All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes:
Factories introduced an uncommon level of tedium to the lives of the workers.
Read this morning from The Second World War in Color:
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
This is a heavy WWII study we are in. The statistics are so gruesome that the mind gets numb to the numbers. We have begun watching Band of Brothers. Lt. Dick Winters is a bright light is such a dark story.
This afternoon we’re going to the theater (! – last theater movie was Prince Caspian) to watch Valkyrie, the story of a failed plot to kill Hitler. The word Valkyrie fascinates me. It means one of the handmaidens of Odin who choses heroes to be slain in battle and conducts them to Valhalla. But when I look at the word I see: Valkyrie. And Kyrie = Lord, have mercy. That’s a word study for the future.
I need a counterbalance to this heaviness. I just finished listening to The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope. I’m thinking it might be time for P.G. Wodehouse.