Friday, September 25, 2009

25th September, 1910

The men have been catching albatross as part of our study of marine life. They roll out a line of cobbler's thread which is strong enough to hold the birds, yet light enough to trail behind us in the air. On one end is a bent nail which snags them. 

In my more thoughtful moments I do wonder about the portent of dragging the albatross towards one. Can't possibly be good. 

Ought I to read more Coleridge or less Coleridge on the subject? 

"And I had done a hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!"

Gosh, I'm thirsty. 

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