Eugene O'Neill: "The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog"

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Eugene O'Neill: "The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog"

Post by Upton_O_Goode » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:06 pm

This might go under books or current reading, but it's a very short book, only 10 pages long, written on December 17, 1940, obviously out of grief for a recently deceased canine friend named "Blemie" (short for "Emblem"). I purchased a miniature copy of it to stuff in my wife's Christmas stocking. For all who have ever loved a dog, I'll give you just the last paragraph of Blemie's testament:
Blemie wrote: One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: "Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved." No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.
"We survivors did not seek death. We did not take to the streets when our Jewish friends were taken away. We didn’t raise an outcry until we ourselves were being annihilated. We preferred to remain alive, with the flimsy though accurate excuse that our death would not have helped. We are guilty of being alive."

Karl Jaspers (1883–1968), at the re-opening of Heidelberg University, 1945

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Re: Eugene O'Neill: "The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog"

Post by TJrandom » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:09 am

Nice...