the people of the book

From: Scottie Bowman <>
Date: Tue Jan 07 2003 - 12:56:11 EST


    Absolutely. The way I heard it: in an e-mail flame war
    the first one to utter the word Hitler is the immediate

    But as an illustration of the complete ineffacacy of books
    to sway their readers, let me tell you a true story.

    My late mother-in-law, Eveline, (who, as a matter of interest,
    after asking for my personal advice, remarried - in the event,
    very happily - on her seventy fourth birthday) was as a real dish.
    I fancied her very nearly as urgently as I've continued to fancy
    her daughter. She was a regular, but not particularly assiduous,
    attender at the local Methodist church. I'm not sure how firmly
    she believed but she certainly personified the practical variety
    of Christianity. She minded the invalids, was patient with the local
    drears, fed the stray animals, visited the house-bound, bore one
    or two personal sorrows with a cheerful lack of self pity & generally
    made life brighter & easier for those around her. You'd have found
    yourself as fond of her as the rest of us were.

    She was not a great reader but she did have one favourite. And
    that was?

    Yep, you've guessed it. Mein Kampf.

    Scottie B.

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