"where are your chimneys?"
"what about them?"
"well, where are they?"
"there aren't any."
"what d'you mean there aren't any? you gotta have chimneys"
"but there isn't a fire."
"what are you talking about fire for? it's chimneys we need!"
"but chimneys are for fires- why would you have a chimney without a fire?"
"oh, come on! you've got to have a chimney"
"hmm, i'm not so sure..."
"go on! and you better not have a fire with that chimney, cos there's washing on the line next door."
Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?”
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
“They are merely conventional signs!
“Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank:
(So the crew would protest) “that he’s bought usthe best —
A perfect and absolute blank!”
"The Hunting of the Snark"
An Agony in Eight Fits
illustration Henry Holiday
- ▼ 2011 (7)