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Grayson Wright
Which would increase our stabbiness and decrease our reason.
Mon May 28, 2018 22:45

Gray sympathized with the librarian’s position – he truly did – but he had to work to suppress a smile at the indignation roused on the part of the innocent books nevertheless. Could books, then, be said to have morals and moral statures? He supposed the idea that they could – specifically, that they could be dangerous – was the argument used to support book burnings (activities of which he disapproved greatly) and there was the rhetoric that some books were improving and beneficial, so he supposed they could be innocent as well. What else could they be, then?

Tatiana. It seemed that the librarian had not had quite such difficulties with her as her teachers, but still that he knew something of her. Yes, Gray could see how Tatiana might not be the best person to have around the books if she caught this illness….

“Tatya is what her friends seem to call her, but she writes ‘Tatiana’ on her papers – when she writes it in English at all. I’m afraid I’ve never tried to figure it out when she writes it in Russian letters – I don’t think any of the other students would use them, and anyway, her handwriting and her – er – prose style – they’re very…distinctive.” He realized he had wandered away from the point and cleared his throat. “Yes, Tatiana. I can see why you’re concerned. I’ll keep an eye out for any signs of – er – more unusual outbursts than usual.”

The explanation of the library’s charms was, indeed, enticing enough. Gray knew the theory was decent enough, having refreshed his own knowledge of theory enough to teach the Advanced classes in his first year, and still referring to the Charms section, but he had never closely investigated its classics and philosophy. In fairness to the library – and to the youth – this could have owed something to the fact he didn’t really read philosophy at all, whatever libraries were at his disposal.

“Er – did I? I did, didn’t I – yes. I try to – when I have half an hour, sometimes,” he said, hoping to downplay the thing. When he had been an author, he had taken pride in claiming the title, but he wasn’t Grayson Wright anymore – he was Professor Wright, who was rather different. “I read this and that – I’ve been reading biographies lately, mostly nineteenth century Europeans – some authors, some politicians.”

  • We have been forcibly incarcerated with teenagers...Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Mon May 28 07:57
    “Indeed. I am quite glad that they’re back to being your responsibility,” he nodded, when Grayson mentioned the possibility of explosions in the library. “I do hope anyone who was feeling… that way... more
    • Which would increase our stabbiness and decrease our reason. — Grayson Wright, Mon May 28 22:45
      • Which might make our stabbiness seem more reasonableTarquin Fox-Reynolds, Wed May 30 07:47
        “Drawing the line at learning a new alphabet seems a reasonable choice,” he acknowledged, when Grayson commented on Tatiana - it seemed ‘Tatya’ was for her friends, which made sense, but one could... more
        • To us or to the judge?Grayson Wright, Sun Jun 3 12:11
          Gray preferred not to admit it, but he was secretly glad to hear someone else agree that learning a new alphabet was a reasonable place to draw the line. “I have figured out one thing about it, just... more
          • I plead reasonable stabbiness on the grounds of diminished..Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Tue Jun 5 08:28
            “That’s interesting… Although very confusing,” he commented, as Grayson mentioned the not-quite-crossovers of the two alphabets, If one was going to have a different alphabet, he would have thought... more
            • Diminished time to ourselves away from teenagers?Grayson Wright, Wed Jun 6 15:20
              Gray thought about the issue of the connections between alphabets. “My guess would be that they’re related,” he said. “If - sorry, I’m tripping over myself here - if we look at alphabets as... more
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