Thom' Luka (luka91) wrote,
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Chapter 1,265 - How I explain my subjects of late

As you might have noticed, I've started using a standard "Subject" when posting.

Blame that on "Le Mort d'Arthur" by Sir Thomas Malory (Even if you could blame the Holy Bible as well, if you feel like doing that).

If you haven't read "Le Mort d'Arthur" (You really should, it's a great book), here's some explanation of how it's written.

"Le Mort d'Arthur" is written as several books, 21 of them, which all are divided into short chapters, some less than a page long. All chapters have a "description" of what that chapter is about, and more than a few of them, start with "How", even if there's exceptions to that.

An example:

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Le Mort d'Arthur - Vol. 2 - Book XI

Chapter 9: How Dame Elaine was commanded by Queen Guenever to avoid the court, and how Sir Launcelot became mad

Now turn we unto Queen Guenever and to the fair Lady Elaine, that when Dame Elaine heard the queen so to rebuke Sir Launcelot, and also she saw how he swooned, and how he leapt out at a bay window, then she said unto Queen Guenever, 'Madam, ye are greatly to blame for Sir Launcelot, for now have ye lost him, for I saw and heard by his contenance that he is mad for ever. Alas, madam, ye do great sin, and to yourself great dishonour, for ye have a lord of your own, and therefore it is your part to love him; for there is no queen in this world hath such another king as ye have. And if ye were not I might have the love of my lord Sir Launcelot; and cause I have to love him for he had my maidenhood, and by him I have borne a fair son, and his name is Galahad, and he shall be in his time the best knight of the world.'

Etc.

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"Le Mort d'Arthur" was the first book I ever read in English (Great start, eh? I'm almost proud of having been able to read it without ever cheating and use a dictionary), and being the romantic I am, I've always loved the style and language of the book. Good, or not. It feels "proper", in some way. It has "style", which a lot of modern books seem to lack. When reading older books, you get a sense of reading something, rather than something you just pick up at the airport/trainstation etc, in order to kill time. And, even it might look as an effort reading that, it's surprisingly easy to get into and just read it.

The Chapter, obviously, is the number of Journal Entries I've made. The only bad thing with that, is the fact that I have to remember what Chapter it is, which often make me have to look it up.

And I tell you, it's surprisingly tricky at times to come up with a Subject that starts with "How (I)"
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