thoughts on politics

August 10, 2008

The Orwell Diaries

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After posting, I did some exploration of wordpress blogs, and came to this site, listed on wordpress’ top posts of the day.  The blog, called “The Orwell Diaries” (or, perhaps, “The Orwell Prize”), endeavors to post entries from the diary of George Orwell dated from 1938 to 1942, as he watched Europe descend into World War II.  Each entry will be posted 70 years to the day from when it was written, so that readers can in a way relive the experience, seeing it through Orwell’s eyes.  The first entry comes today (yesterday, technically), recounting a not-so-ominous occurrence at Orwell’s house:

Caught a large snake in the herbaceous border beside the drive. About 2’ 6” long, grey colour, black markings on belly but none on back except, on the neck, a mark resembling an arrow head (ñ) all down the back. Did not care to handle it too recklessly, so only picked it up by extreme tip of tail. Held thus it could nearly turn far enough to bite my hand, but not quite. Marx¹ interested at first, but after smelling it was frightened & ran away. The people here normally kill all snakes. As usual, the tongue referred to as “fangs”².

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