The Divine Gift of Purely Nonsensical Speech and Action

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Fen sighed. “We are all becoming standardized and normal, Nigel. The divine gift of purely nonsensical speech and action is in atrophy. Would you believe it, a pupil of mine had the impertinence the other day to tick me off for reading him passages regarding the Fimble Fowl and the Quangle-Wangle as an illustration of pure poetic inventiveness; I put him in his place all right.” In the semi-darkness his eye became momentarily lambent with remembered satisfaction. “But there's no eccentricity nowadays – none at all.”

Edmund Crispin, 1944

From the book The Case of the Gilded Fly