Most of us at some time or another wonder what our purpose is. Why are we here, is this some giant science experiment run by mice, am I the figment of someone’s imagination or am I a character in a novel? Perhaps even a Jane Austen novel. Well, fortunately for us the very talented Mallory Ortberg (who I think has the excellent taste to be friends with the lovely bluemilk(?)) has made it easy with this simple test.
You develop a resentment at a public dance.
Someone you know has fallen ill. Not melodramatically ill, just interestingly so.
A man proposes to you, then to another, lesser woman when you politely spurn him. This delights you to no end.
This also reminds me to go back and re-read some Jane Austen novels.
But wait there is more!
A coachman treats you saucily.
How to tell if you are in a Muriel Spark novel; [note to self read Muriel Spark novels]
For anyone wishing to concentrate deeply on a writing project, you suggest acquiring a cat.
Someone’s been shot with a gun. You’re not sure who did it, but you’re pretty sure that whoever it was had a gun with them.
h/t to Tim on FB.