Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Quote of the Day (Calvin Trillin, on ‘Bore-Proof’ Queen Elizabeth)

“{W]aiting out the Queen is no small task. This is somebody who has sat silent through thousands of ceremonies so boring that all an onlooker can hope for is that a soldier faints or a horse misbehaves. She has walked through thousands of factories, listening to incomprehensible explanations of how widgets are made - managing to look vaguely interested, even though the only way she can keep from going mad is to speculate on how in the world Prince Philip manages to keep his hands behind his back that way. She has seen native dances without end. The woman is bore-proof.”—Calvin Trillin, “Taxing the Queen,” in Too Soon to Tell (1995)

No comments: