Gleanings From The Past #31


I Fell

We have heard of the fall of Lucifer, and the fall of Cromwell, and the fall of Wolsey, but one of the pleasantest tumbles upon record was that of a Mr. John Fell, who, when he removed from one part of the metropolis to another, wrote over his door — I Fell from Holborn Hill.

— The Manchester Iris, Vol. 2, November 15, 1823


I often think how much easier life would have been for me and how much time I should have saved if I had known the alphabet. I can never tell where I and J stand without saying G, H to myself first. I don’t know whether P comes before R or after, and where T comes in has to this day remained something that I have never been able to get into my head

— William Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook, 1949

Who’s the Real Lunatic?

I must write something of myself today. I can look back and see plainly all my journey here. The day may come when I shall be laid away in the grave, and my boys — the dear boys I have loved so well — will look over my trunk and find this manuscript; they will then perhaps believe I am not crazy. I know Dr. Steeves tells them I am a lunatic yet. They will weep over this, as they think of the mother they have left here to die among strangers.

— Mary Huestis Pengilly, Diary Written in the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, 1885


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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6 Responses to Gleanings From The Past #31

  1. Lee Dunn says:

    That last one really got to me.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Candice says:

    I wish we could find out more about the woman in the third quote. There must be an interesting back story there. It would also be nice to know if her prediction was correct.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Good information Edmark. These were deep and took a while to sink in.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. papershots says:

    The first one so funny, the last one so sad… lovely idea to group these 3 together!

    Liked by 3 people

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