Monday, 30 October 2006

'I wonder what the poor people are doing tonight'

There are such things as laughless jokes, what Freud called gallows humour. There are real-life situations so hopeless that no relief is imaginable.
While we were being bombed in Dresden, sitting in a cellar with our arms over our heads in case the ceiling fell, one soldier said as though he were a duchess in a mansion on a cold and rainy night, 'I wonder what the poor people are doing tonight.' Nobody laughed, but we were still all glad he said it. At lease we were still alive! He proved it.
- Guardian, Saturday 14 January 2006

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