Monday, 1 November 2010

a general disinclination to work of any kind

From Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome:
In the present instance, going back to the liver-pill circular, I had the symptoms, beyond all mistake, the chief among them being “a general disinclination to work of any kind.”

Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog (Bloomsbury Classic)
What I suffer in that way no tongue can tell. From my earliest infancy I have been a martyr to it. As a boy, the disease hardly ever left me for a day. They did not know, then, that it was my liver. Medical science was in a far less advanced state than now, and they used to put it down to laziness.

“Why, you skulking little devil, you,” they would say, “get up and do something for your living, can’t you?” – not knowing, of course, that I was ill.

No comments:

Post a Comment