"`Lovers,' repeated Bartholomew. `Goldilocks and I. For more than a year now.'© Peter Rozovsky 2008
"`Wait, wait,' said Jack in a state of some confusion. `You were, to great fanfare, Westminster's first openly gay MP and have remained a vociferous mouthpiece for all kinds of minority-rights issues for the past twenty-five years, and now you're telling me ... you're straight?'
"Bartholomew covered his face with his hands, and his shoulders shook with a silent sob.
"`You don't know what it's like,' he said miserably, `living a lie.'"
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I posted a comment last week about the entertaining jibes at crime-fiction plot devices in Jasper Fforde's novel The Fourth Bear. But there's more to Fforde's jokes than good-natured, self-referential literary japery.
There are also jabs at political correctness and conspiracy theorists, among other things, and, lest you think these are easy prey, Fforde's humor is always a bit more probing than you might expect from jokes directed at such targets.
And then there is the following, which is just plain funny, no explanation needed: