Monday’s Piece

One secretary to another:
“If I can’t spell the words in the first place how does he expect me to find them in a dictionary?”

John Lentell
14th January, 1971


Sunday’s Piece

A statistician is a man who draws a mathematically precise line from an unwarranted assumption to a foregone conclusion.

John Lentell
13th January, 1971

Thursday’s Piece

I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles —but much more so, when he laughs, that it adds something to this Fragment of Life.
(Laurence Sterne, 1713 – 1768)

John Lentell
10th January, 1971
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Thursday’s Piece

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she’s at rest, and so am I.
(Epitaph intended for John Dryden‘s wife)

John Lentell
3rd January, 1971








John Dryden by John Michael Wright, 1668 (detail)
National Portrait Gallery, London