Notes Found in the Margin

I had little to do today, to i decided to visit the university library and look up some things I’d been interested in recently. After a little browsing around, I found a book titled Lucifer and Prometheus: A Study of Milton’s Satan by R. J. Zwi Werblowsky. When I opened it I found that the margins are filled with odd little comments and scribblings by others who’ve picked it up in the past.

Most notable of these was one scrawled beside mention of the “most conspicuous … characteristic of evil”, pictured here:
Satan is a white whale
Look closely at the writing at the top, and you’ll make out the words [apparently not – it appears the picture didn’t come out too well], “whale as well as that is a type of Satan”, an odd statement to make if anything. Fortunately, just below the first response of “?!?”, one helpful soul saw fit to comment upon the previous jotter’s unusual thought processes. In full, and preserving the format, the partially erased but still legible writing reads:

Look,
just stop
a minute
and think.
You are
not
studying
Moby Dick,
however
fascinating
it may
be.
Now
pull yourself
together
and
start
gibbering
about
Milton
like
everybody
else!

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One thought on “Notes Found in the Margin

  1. I love it! Moby Dick indeed! LOL!! I also read Paradise Lost in school, and thought it was pretty amazing. :) One of the better things we read that term. :)

    duchess

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