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Strange Bedfellows

08 Aug

Remember that wonderful sleeping advice from Moby-Dick?

No, not that reading MD will work faster than an Ambien.  I’m talking about that part in Chapter 11 where Ishmael and Queequeg are tucked in for the night and offer these thoughts,

We felt very nice and snug, the more so since it was so chilly out of doors; indeed out of bed-clothes too, seeing that there was no fire in the room.  The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.

I really identified with that because we always keep our house cooler at night, despite the season. And, I always sleep with a knee or nose stuck out of the covers to supply the contrast.

So, I was terribly excited to run across similar sentiments when we are first introduced to the character Razumikhin in Crime and Punishment. 

Once he went a whole winter without heating his room, asserting that he even found it more pleasant, because one sleeps better in the cold.

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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Crime and Punishment, Moby-Dick

 

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One response to “Strange Bedfellows

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    August 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    *Loud belly laugh*

    (I needed that!)

     

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