Sassy Sue wows the bark park visitors with her catching and retrieving.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Some Books Are Meant To Be Tasted, Others To Be Swallowed, Some Few To Be Chewed and Digested" - Bacon

Clown or contrite sinner?

"Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; That is, some books are to be read only in parts; Others to be read, but not curiously; And some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."
- Francis Bacon, Of Studies

I was blogging about a little-known theologian named Knapp. I decided to get out my copy, which I used for the introductory information about his life and training. I left it on the floor as I was writing, since my desk is full of important materials: food, coffee cups, cookie crumbs, books, and pens.

I was getting some Internet quotations in the same post when I looked down. Sassy was busy digesting Knapp in her own way, chewing away on the spine. The book is about 150 years old and doubtless glued in the spine with tasty animal products.

All of our dogs have enjoyed books as much I do. An old set of Eisenach Luther kept attracting Old Precious. The green Concordia books must have a good flavor, too.

Sassy was suitably contrite after being caught. No dog fakes sincerity better than she does. We made up quickly, especially since the book itself was almost immune to damage. The spine is well chewed, but the book opens and reads the same as before.

1 comment:

  1. Hello all. We have been thinking about you and Sassy. We are glad that she found her wonderful new forever home and love to read about all her adventures. Is she helping to make the shelties less shy?


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