I was reading for a class and decided to look up a word in the book. That led me to look up another word and then another. Somehow I ended up reading about the history of metal roofing in Europe. Sometimes I take the most pleasure in abstract knowledge. I think it is one of the most important parts of learning about life.
“The method for corrugating iron was originally patented in England in 1829. Corrugating stiffened the sheets, and allowed greater span over a lighter framework, as well as reduced installation time and labor. In 1834 the American architect William Strickland proposed corrugated iron to cover his design for the market place in Philadelphia.”
“His heart does not at first comprehend the extremes of his misery; it is confused rather than carried away. But as reason returns, so he feels the depth of his misfortune. All life’s pleasures are as if annulled for him, he can feel only the sharp points of the despair that lacerates him. But what use is it to speak of physical suffering? What suffering felt only in the body can compare with this?"
The Red and The Black- Stendhal (Ch. 20)
It’s funny how most of what I’m reading in my 19th century lit. class is very applicable to my life. I almost think forces of the universe are uniting to laugh at me or provide me with some sick humor to laugh at myself.