Monday, October 19, 2009

The wild boar hunt


As Italians are salivating over their pasta with wild boar ragu I am remembering Pliny's letter about his productive boar hunt: "You will laugh (and you are quite welcome) when I tell you that your old acquaintance is turned sportsman, and has taken three noble boars. “What!” you exclaim, “Pliny!”—Even he. However, I indulged at the same time my beloved inactivity; and, whilst I sat at my nets, you would have found me, not with boar spear or javelin, but pencil and tablet, by my side. I mused and wrote, being determined to return, if with all my hands empty, at least with my memorandums full. Believe me, this way of studying is not to be despised: it is wonderful how the mind is stirred and quickened into activity by brisk bodily exercise. There is something, too, in the solemnity of the venerable woods with which one is surrounded, together with that profound silence which is observed on these occasions, that forcibly disposes the mind to meditation. So for the future, let me advise you, whenever you hunt, to take your tablets along with you, as well as your basket and bottle, for be assured you will find Minerva no less fond of traversing the hills than Diana. Farewell."

5 Comments:

Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I like that, WW.

7:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we went to kew gardens a few days ago and late afternoon to catch the low rays of sunlight falling on the trees. The variety of colors and the translucence of the leaves gave the eye a real spectacle of diversity. I didn't find Diana nor Minerva but it was close.

6:27 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Yes, you should always take a bottle.

8:20 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi WL

Lucky you, Anon!

Sante, ED

10:34 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Yes, this is lovely.

6:56 pm  

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