Friday, October 13, 2006

Which reminds me...

Yesterday I quoted a line from the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay: "Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare."

Many years ago, when I was a young faculty member teaching a night school class in geometry to eke out the family finances, I walked into my classroom one evening and found chalked on the board, "You kids alone have looked on beauty bare."

I recognized the handwriting. It was my colleague Frank R. of the English department in his usual punning mode.

Which prompted a few rejoinders from me:

You, Kidd, alone have looked on booty bare.

And the not quite so punny...

The Beast alone has looked on Beauty bare.