Literature

Are custard pies funny?

"Dickens is able to go on being funny because he is in revolt against authority, and authority is always there to be laughed at. There is always room for one more custard pie."---Fifty Orwell Essays

I don't know if I have tasted a custard pie. What did Orwell want to say by refering to this sort of food? Are custard pies funny?

I guess that the following is not related to my question:
https://www.sffchronicles.com/threads/532710/

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Immersing themselves in a good book

10 Ways Retirees Spend Their Newfound Free Time

"Reading. Retirees are more likely to immerse themselves in a good book than any other age group. They spend about an hour each day turning pages, about three times as much time as the typical person spends reading."

The problem is that the size of the letters(or characters) in many of the published books is too small to read. If you publish books with larger-size print, or in larger-size letters, you will make a profit.

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Maugham and Freud

"It was something of a task, for he is a dull and verbose writer, and the acrimony with which he claims to have originated such and such a theory shows a vanity and a jealousy of others working in the same field which somewhat ill become the man of science. I believe, however, that he was a kindly and benign old party. ... I found nothing in my re-reading of Freud's works that cast any light on the subject I had in mind."--THE KITE by W. Somerset Maugham

You can see here how Maugham described Sigmund Freud.

"But most important and most revealing is Freud's 'Freudian slip' in respect to his being 'ignored' by the Viennese physicians. He had to suppress their rejection of him; and he could do it only by pretending, above all to himself, that they were not discussing him, not doubting him, not rejecting him, but ignoring him."---ADVENTURES OF A BYSTANDER by Peter F. Drucker

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W. Somerset Maugham

COLLECTED SHORT STORIES VOLUME 1 by W. Somerset Maugham

It has thirty stories. The first story is RAIN and the last one is THE YELLOW STREAK. I cannot remember when I started reading the first story. Around midnight, about nine hours ago, I finished reading the last story of the book and found that the number of the last page was 536.

I noticed that Maugham used some expressions often that I had not been familiar with until I started reading his novels last year. For example, he often used "presently" to convey the meaning of "after a while"; "a trifle", "a little".

“Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved. ”
W. Somerset Maugham

Happily enough, I have read through only the first volume and am now reading the first story of the second volume. The title of the story is THE VESSEL OF WRATH.

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