Allen was of course "through my works." And the minister is just flat-
out wrong. As to Jane's strategy (as Splash's Freddy would say): "I'm
for it, of course."
On 15 Apr 2001, at 20:14, Spike Jones wrote:
> John Marlow wrote:
> > I don't want to achieve immortality through a reasonably good
> > imitation; I want to achieve it through not dying. jm
> John, this meme was used by Woody Allen in The Sleeper in
> the 1970s, but both of you were scooped by 155 years in Charlotte
> Bronte's Jane Eyre, 1846. In chapter IV, the fire-and-brimstone
> minister is interrogating the child Jane Eyre thus:
> "No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially
> little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"
> "They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.
> "And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"
> "A pit full of fire."
> "And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there
> "No, sir."
> "What must you do to avoid it?"
> I deliberated a moment; my answer, when it did come, was
objectionable: "I must
> keep in good health, and not die."
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