Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 20:26:10 -0500 From: "Stephen Case"
Subject: (urth) Susan (Suzanne?) Delange The other day I came across something that may apply to the story Suzanne = Delange and may or may not have been discussed before. Of all the Wolfe I = have read, that story is the one I understand the least, but from it comes = my favorite Lupine quote. It's the one that goes something like (I'm = quoting from memory): "The thought that had so forcibly struck me was = simply this: that every man has had in the course of his existence some = extraordinary experience, some dislocation of all we expect from nature = and probability of such magnitude that he might in his own person serve as = living proof of Hamlet's hackneyed precept; but that he has-- nearly = always-- been so conditioned to consider himself the most mundane of = creatures, his mind, finding no relation to the rest of his life and this = extraordinary event, has forgotten it." Anyway, I had always wondered what "Hamlet's hackneyed precept" was = exactly. Perhaps you've all decided this to your own satisfaction, but if = anyone hasn't: I think it must certainly be referring to the quote that's = something like: "There are more things in Heaven and on earth, Horatio, = than are dreampt of in your philosophy". Am I right? Is that what the = list has come to except? Or are there other ideas? -Steve=20 --