Saturday, February 11, 2006

And you thought overdue fines were bad! I came across this quote a couple years ago. I desperately wanted to post it in the library I worked at but my boss would not allow it. =) I did post it in my own little area where my pictures are hanging. No one really sees it, but I think about it as I'm looking daggers at anyone walking around with a book they haven't checked out. (Not that I'm possessive or anything!)

For him that steals, or borrows and returns not, a book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him.

Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw at his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not.

And when at last he goes to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.
--From an inscription at the library of the San Pedro monastery in Barcelona

4 comments:

Cosand said...

Uh... Aimes? Not that I don't appreciate the humor... but isn't that a little too... oh, I dunno... extreme? Hardcore? Borderline psychotic? Especially for a work library? I'm just sayin'...

Sheesh. Imagine what would happen if I told her about the dime fines I pay more often than I care to admit.

Aimee said...

Hey, they're not my words - they're from a bunch of monks. =)

In the library cartoon I read they were once trying to figure out what to do with overdue fines. They weren't working so they needed a new system. The ideas were barcoding patron heads or death penalties for overdue books!

Anna Dunford said...

whatever happened to christian forgiveness?!? Blimey, wouldn't risk reading one of their books in the bath...

Aimee said...

Yeah, it did suprise me that it was an inscription in a monastery! But you have to remember, back in the day it was monks writing the books, by hand, spending whole lives to copy one book sometimes. Writing in dark rooms by the light of the window (if they were lucky) or by candlelight, hunched over, copying the words and all the fancy 'illuminated' bits - drawings, etc.

It's not hard to imagine the unforgiving, uncharitable thoughts they might have had if their life's work was stolen by a book thief. =)