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Feb 08, 2008

"The very rich are enormously resentful of bad weather"

Waiting out a rainstorm at the Super Aki grocery store ("¡Cuesta poco!") in my new neighborhood near Parque Santiago, Mérida.

The folks here seemed pretty patient -- even the hot dog guy whose cart you can see in the distance.  Still, I had to think of a favorite passage from The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, by Roald Dahl:

Henry_sugar One summer weekend, Henry drove down from London to Guildford to stay with Sir William Wyndham.  The house was magnificent, and so were the grounds, but when Henry arrived that Saturday afternoon, it was already pelting with rain.  Tennis was out, croquet was out.  So was swimming in Sir William's outdoor pool.  The host and his guests sat glumly in the drawing room, staring at the rain splashing against the windows.  The very rich are enormously resentful of bad weather.  It is the one discomfort that their money cannot do anything about.

As the story continues, Henry finds himself stuck in Sir William's library where he finds a slim book that teaches him how to develop the extrasensory powers of a yogi. 

I love this story along with five of the six* that appear as a collection in The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar -- And Six More.  I think you might enjoy reading it.  You might even develop the extrasensory powers of a yogi.


*The sixth is much too sad and violent for me.

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I've always been a Dahl fan, but I've only read his children's works. I'll have to check this out. Are there other Dahl works you would recommend?

Posted by: Celeste | Feb 8, 2008 10:03:21 AM

Is that the story where he spends years gazing into the heart of a flame? This sounds VERY familiar.

Posted by: pinky | Feb 8, 2008 4:31:34 PM

Yes, Pinky!

Celeste -- stay tuned for another post with recommendations.

Posted by: Phil | Feb 8, 2008 5:02:14 PM