miércoles, 6 de enero de 2010

"May Satan devour you, you murderers!"

--Eça de Queirós, 1875, upon learning that his friends had begun serializing the unedited draft of The Crime of Father Amaro without his consent (as reported by Margaret Jull Costa, introduction to The Crime of Father Amaro, New York: New Directions, 2003, pp. 3-4).

4 comentarios:

  1. I love that as an insult! I must use it! But really, who can blame him - it must be so hard for an author to have unedited work appear, much less being stolen from him.

  2. LOL! I like that better than Stephenie Meyers's hissy fit.

  3. One always wishes later that one could have come up with such an eloquent response on the spur of the moment.

    Apparently de Queirós could!

  4. *Jill: I haven't seen such a choice insult in quite some time, so it'd be totally understandable if you wanted to use it. Ha! And while I agree that Eça shouldn't be blamed at all for his reaction, I still think his friends deserve some thanks for provoking such a fine response from the master. Genius!

    *E.L. Fay: Thanks! P.S. I don't know anything about Stephenie Meyer's hissy fits, and I'd like to keep it that way. :D

    *Emily: Excellent point!