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The Book of My Enemy
« : 12.08.04 at 17:55 »
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Happened to be in a bookshop this week in Princes Street, Edinburgh, when I came upon a pile of cut-price copies of The Book of My Enemy which had been, er, remaindered...
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« Reply #1: 13.08.04 at 08:05 »
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on 12.08.04 at 17:55, Tiny_Montgomery wrote:
Happened to be in a bookshop this week in Princes Street, Edinburgh, when I came upon a pile of cut-price copies of The Book of My Enemy which had been, er, remaindered...

 
Sounds like a classic case of poetic justice to me Wink
 
I'll order a classic case of those books, too.
 
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« Reply #2: 16.08.04 at 11:53 »
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Surely it's only poetic justice if at this prospect we could be said to be pleased?  Sad
 
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« Reply #3: 17.08.04 at 07:49 »
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on 16.08.04 at 11:53, Phil C wrote:
Surely it's only poetic justice if at this prospect we could be said to be pleased? Sad
 
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I didn't mean to give the impression I was pleased at the prospect. On the contrary, I (like you) am thoroughly displeased.
 
But I don't agree that pleasure is an essential component of poetic justice. I believe you can recognise "ideal administration of reward and punishment" (my dictionary's definition of the term) even while being on the receiving end of it (can't you?)
 
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« Reply #4: 17.08.04 at 13:35 »
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All very true, although the phrase is rarely used in contexts other than an adversary receiving his comeuppance whatever the technical definition. I would suppose that the reasons for this in the English language would be cultural or a matter of habit more than anything else.
I really must remember that irony carries ill through plain text!
 
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on 17.08.04 at 13:35, Phil C wrote:
All very true, although the phrase is rarely used in contexts other than an adversary receiving his comeuppance whatever the technical definition. I would suppose that the reasons for this in the English language would be cultural or a matter of habit more than anything else.
I really must remember that irony carries ill through plain text!

 
Not sure I agree totally. I've had one or two setbacks that I recognised as poetic justice even though I was the one being "punished". On those occasions I didn't enjoy being the recipient of my own comeuppance, but I could still see the justice in it!
 
On this occasion, although it's a shame that some of Clive's books ended up themselves being remaindered, there's a certain humour in the situation which I feel fairly sure he would appreciate. And anyway you have to admit he did ask for it! Wink
 
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« Reply #6: 17.08.04 at 16:16 »
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although it's a shame that some of Clive's books ended up themselves being remaindered, there's a certain humour in the situation which I feel fairly sure he would appreciate

 
Reference to the poem itself clearly indicates that the circumstance and the reasons for it have been foreseen by the poet.
 
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« Reply #7: 07.09.04 at 00:24 »
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A very good point, one which I had entirely overlooked...
Honestly, doing English at UWA doesn't necessarily translate to being bright now does it?  Smiley
 
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