A Delightful Image of Boredom

In one of P.G. Wodehouse’s Ukridge stories, we read what I believe to be one of the most delightful descriptions of a dreadfully slow and boring experience.

During a taxicab tour of London, Corky Corcoran describes the commentary of a distasteful child as being expressed with

…the gloomy importance of a confirmed bore about to hold forth on his favourite subject.”

What joy.


P.G. Wodehouse, ‘The Return of the Battling Billson’, Ukridge (London: Arrow Books, 2004 [1924]), p. 120.

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