Random Acts of Politeness: Eccentric, Quirky and Occasionally Suicidal Examples of Selflessness and Courtesy
Registered by GoryDetails of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 12/1/2017
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I found this hardcover at a local thrift shop, and thought it looked entertaining. It's a collection of examples of unexpected politeness - or sometimes the opposite, of grace under pressure. Sometimes the incidents are heart-warming, sometimes funny, and sometimes very bleak - a nice mix of historical anecdotes, pop-culture and social incidents, and more. Among my favorites: King Christian X of Denmark defending his country's flag against the occupying Nazi forces - politely; a woman who received a generous contribution to defray a fine she'd received while trying to help the homeless - she thought the donor was one of the homeless himself, but it turned out it was W. H. Auden (she noted "poets do look a bit unpressed, don't they?"); Queen Alexandra's behavior to her husband's many mistresses, with the coda from Alice Keppel, his last mistress, who - decades later - commented on the Edward VIII/Wallis Simpson events with "things were done much better in my day"; and the friendship between Olympic hero Jesse Owens and German competitor Luz Long.
Journal Entry 2 by GoryDetails at S. Broadway (see notes for details) in Salem, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 06, 2018
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