Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Eyes on Mississippi

  Like you, I find that
  the ratio of Missis-
  sippians among my cor-
  respondents is extra-
  aordinarily high. They
  are an epistolary lot,
  and their distractions
  are few. My sampling,
  moreover, reinforces a
  belief in constancy as
  an aspect of their na-
  ture, unlike their cav-
  alier cousins of the 
  seaboard, so whimsical-
  ly vulnerable to the
  trivial and the silly,
  in gaudy and impetuous
  manifestations of doubt.

  You remember, it was his
  fanaticism that made Kar-
  la vulnerable in Tinker,
  Tailor. His secret doubt.

  Life in Mississippi, one
  could almost conclude,
  seems to flow continuous-
  ly, as a full time thing.
  Is it possible, they'd do

John le Carré
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Knopf, 1974©

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