"There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless. Observe the ass, for instance: his character is about perfect, he is the choicest spirit among all the humbler animals, yet see what ridicule has brought him to. Instead of feeling complimented when we are called an ass, we are left in doubt." --Mark Twain in Pudd'nhead Wilson
Still reading Twain...and I'm enjoying each new book more than the last. Pudd'nhead Wilson is a good read; it's relatively brief and entertaining too. Today's been relatively uneventful. I've spent most of the afternoon reading and doing research. I'm planning on spending the evening--or what will be left of it after class--grading papers so I can return them to my students tomorrow morning.