Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891

Lettres

Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The Bohemians, The Autumn Years

Penned upon the 4th of December, 2008

A Sequel To A Burlesque Scene

Curiously, the Comte du Lisdoré was the first to die. Horace St Germaine’s tertiary syphilis turned out to be merely hysterical. Ned’s cataplexy threatened to do him in, until his move into a circular apartment. Leopold grew bitter and fickle in his old age, endlessly rereading d’Aurevilly and famously eating small pangolins dipped in chocolate. In later years, this affectation would be picked up by confectioners and mass-marketed as Ferrero Rocher.

Note: The editorship wishes to advise that they recommend against the consumption of pangolins, and actually think pangolins are ‘really nifty,’ as they are naturally inflatable and can swing from trees by their muscular tails.


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Commentary upon “The Bohemians, The Autumn Years”

  1. Melanthios was heard to remark,

    Upon the 8th of December, 2008 at 8:13 am,

    Inflatable? Really? I just looked them up using the wikipedia, and they are among the coolest mammals I’ve ever had the joy to research. I faintly remember finding them in a zoological encyclopaedia when I was a youth, but to be reminded again…la, and to think some people have a distaste for studying animals!


  2. Sir Frederick Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 8th of December, 2008 at 1:25 pm,

    Certain varieties of pangolins, I’m told, when going for a swim, will swallow air in order to make themselves more buoyant! Animals are amazing. I love hearing new stories of the wiliness of octopusses or the problem-solving abilities of elephants. And, of course, ponies getting themselves into silly situations.


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