Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Suspense in Amontillado

How does Poe create suspense in "The Cask of Amontillado"?  Answer: very carefully.

I am not going to rewrite the article here, that would be a lot of work and/or just copying somebody else's work.  The author of the article does a good job of explaining which elements create suspense and how, which is something I cannot do.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


"A friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you."

- Elbert Hubbard

I think I would have liked to have met Elbert Hubbard while he was living. He seems like the kind of witty personality that I enjoy keeping company with. On the other hand I don't know all about him so perhaps I wouldn't like him afterall.

There is so much truth in what Mr. Hubbard says here. So often those whom we call friends today turn out to be mere acquaintences tomorrow when they discover that we are not as perfect as we would like to be. That is simply the natural way of humankind.

Perhaps then the best way to find friends in this world is to learn to overlook the many faults of those who surround us.