[Ads-l] "we ... _ourself_"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 29 14:30:52 EDT 2018


> ... we had but little more than comfortably reposed ourself ...

Isn't he using the "royal _we_"?

On Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 10:07 PM George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
wrote:

> After breakfasting at the American, one of the numerous cars attached to
> the Locommotive furnished us a seat in which we had but little more than
> comfortably reposed ourself, when our door was opened, and several heads
> obtruded themselves, with the cry, “Any passengers for the west” —“The old
> line packet boat goes in half an hour”— “The best line goes at 3 this
> afternoon”—&c. &c
> North River Times (Haverstraw, N.Y),  July 24, 1835
>
> He'd started in Albany, taken a train west, and woken up in Schenectady by
> the obtrusive canal boat touts.
>
> GAT
>
> On Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 5:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Summer's Eve TV commercial:
> >
> > "We women are redefining _ourself_."
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
> > -----
> > All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> > -Mark Twain
> >
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> >
>
>
>
> --
> George A. Thompson
> The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998.
>
> But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
> your lowly tomb. . .
> L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112
>
> The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
> picture of his great-grandfather.)
>
> http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851
>
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>


-- 
-Wilson
-----
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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