[Milton-L] Pass the salt.

Watt, James jwatt at butler.edu
Mon Sep 4 22:35:27 EDT 2017

I think when Richard bows out, I bow out with him. To those who say "They also serve who only stand and wait" is ironic or ambiguous, I reply "So you say. And so you may also believe. What's KNOWN, though, to all of us, is only known in our bones. Nort our brains, not our hearts, not even in our souls, but in our bones. And I'd say to one who doubted Milton's sincerity here, "Do you doubt his skill? Or his talent? Do you doubt your own? Indeed, if not, then you do not doubt enough until you doubt your doubt. Then we can talk."

Jim Watt

From: milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu <milton-l-bounces at richmond.edu> on behalf of Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM <cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>
Sent: Monday, September 4, 2017 3:53:30 PM
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Or perhaps an ironic comment on his penchant for over-salting his food, Jim. Or perhaps diabolical sarcasm—applauding her perfect murder, in that, knowing that proclivity, she made sure to pass the salt whenever he requested it, knowing it would one day kill him.

The question is—which one did the author mean?

I’ll never tell.

Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM
cbartonphd1 at verizon.net<mailto:cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>

"Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything:
That's how the light gets in."
~Leonard Cohen~

On Sep 4, 2017, at 5:19 PM, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com<mailto:jamesrovira at gmail.com>> wrote:

Ha. See? In Carol's context, that's a suicide wish. Or a commentary on marriage. Maybe both.

Jim R

On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 4:06 PM, Carol Barton, PhD, CPCM <cbartonphd1 at verizon.net<mailto:cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>> wrote:
Her husband slowly dying of hypernatremia, his poor wife knelt at his bedside and whispered, “Please . . . pass the salt.”
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