The Bastard Has a Friend

“In the year 1067, anno Domini, in the village of Stow-on-the-Wold, England, eighteen dead men turned this way and that in the eighteen arches of the village gibbet. Hanged by Robert the Horrible, a friend of William the Conqueror, they boxed the compass with fishy eyes. North, east, south, west, and north again, there was no hope for the kind, the poor, and the thoughtful.”

—Kurt Vonnegut, “The Unicorn Trap”, Armageddon In Retrospect

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One response to “The Bastard Has a Friend

  1. “[N]o hope for the kind, the poor, and the thoughtful,” indeed! So Vonnegut, and so apropos of American politics in general and the current presidential campaign in particular. (I’m sure that was the farthest thing from your mind in posting this. . . .) All that’s missing is the gibbet, but we haven’t voted yet.

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