Another day on the Circle Line, house too cold to stay in. An icy rain sweeps the city, underground it is warm and dry.
LIVERPOOL STREET ALDGATE TOWER HILL MONUMENT
Far too young.
CANNON STREET MANSION HOUSE BLACKFRIARDS
Etymology so helpful.
TEMPLE EMBANKMENT WESTMINSTER and around and around
At St. James's Park a woman gets on and sees the tiny head bent over a book, pudgy fingers dragging a blue Schwan Stabilo highlighter across the page. Twinkling eyes share the joke, she longs for adult bonding. He looks up & gives her an enchanting smile, all chubby cheeks and sparkling black eyes & tiny milk teeth. He says: I've almost finished Book 15!
She says: I SEE you have! You must have been working very hard.
Another Shirley Temple special for the nice lady. L: I only started it yesterday!
Isn't He Adorable: Did you REALLY?
Adorable: Today I read this and this and this and this and yesterday I did this and this and this and this and this and this! [tiny fingers flip back through pages covered with fluorescent pink and orange and blue and green.]
Isn't: Isn't that wonderful!
Wonderful: I've read the Iliad and De Amicitia and three stories in Kalilah wa Dimnah & one Arabian Night and Moses & the Bullrushes and Joseph and his Manycoloured Coat and now I have to read the Odyssey and Metamorphoses 1-8 and the whole Kalilah wa Dimnah and 30 Arabian Nights and I Samuel and the Book of Jonah and learn the cantellation, and do 10 chapters in Algebra Made Easy.
Slightly Taken Aback: Why do you have to do that?
All Innocenc: Sibylla says I have to.
Appalled: Isn't he rather young etymology so helpful of course for spelling inflected language so helpful of course for grammar not taught in schools but classics after all part & parcel of old divisive educational system wouldn't he really be better off playing football I think you are making a terrible mistake.
Don't let them get to you, Ludo: The Arabian Nights and I Samuel are great reading, if you're not too crowded on the Tube.