Andrey (azangru) wrote,
Andrey
azangru

Записки на полях

On page 33 of the first-edition copy of Eric Partridge's You Have a Point There that I have before me as I write (I borrowed it from the University of London Library), there is a marginal note made by a reader long ago. A marginal note? Yes, and I have been back to check and muse on it several times. Partridge, who is just about to elucidate the 17th application of the comma ("Commas in Fully Developed Complex Sentences"), is explaining that in this particular case it is difficult to formulate a set of rigid rules. "My aim is to be helpful, not dogmatic," he explains. "The following examples will, if examined and pondered, supply the data from which any person of average intelligence can, without strain, assimilate an unformulated set of working rules." At which the unknown, long-ago reader has written in old-fashioned handwriting up the side, "Rot! You lazy swine Partridge."

(L. Truss. Eats, shoots and leaves)


Я к чему это вспомнил. В библиотечном томике солженицынского "Октября шестнадцатого" кто-то аккуратно подчеркнул слова: "Уже вступила верховная власть России в тот безнадежный круг, когда разум отнят Богом", - и поставил на на полях лаконичную карандашную помету: "XXI в."

Меня всегда умиляло это словесное (со)творчество в библиотечных книгах. Для кого оставляют читатели эти пометки? Для себя? Так ведь книжку сдадут. Неужели для будущих читателей?
Subscribe

  • (no subject)

    On the dreadful state of the style of modern Russian communication. "There is no alternative", writes an author, and then immediately outlines an…

  • Via Twitter

    Via a tweet, but I thought I'd get my own copy. A beautiful illustration of how a caption totally misrepresents what's been captured in the photo.…

  • (no subject)

    Here's an extract from Uncle Bob's book Clean Agile. Although he has fallen out of grace with the champions of social justice, the sentiment…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 3 comments