The Other I

January 12, 2016

Another perspective

Filed under: Cultural Differences,Just Stuff — theotheri @ 9:20 pm

Alan Bennett Lady in the VanThe English playwright Alan Bennett recently told a story about one of his plays.  It includes a scene where a couple routinely sit at a table without a cloth enjoying their morning tea and who are overlooked from her window by a nosey righteous neighbor.

The play was sufficiently successful to be translated for a slot on French tv.

Unfortunately, Bennett’s description of the table laid without a table cloth was translated to something resembling “the two of them sitting there every morning without any clothes on.”

Not exactly what I would have meant when I try to remember that it’s valuable to try to see things from other people’s perspectives…




  1. Has anything happened?


    Comment by The A-Philosopher's Chair — January 16, 2016 @ 2:47 am | Reply

    • Not that I’ve heard. Maybe sitting around having tea without any clothes is something the French take for granted. Or maybe it’s something the French think the crazy English do!


      Comment by theotheri — January 16, 2016 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  2. Right! (My own feeling is that if it doesn’t look crazy there’s something wrong with one’s eyesight…)
    Thank you for your empathy. TheOtherI


    Comment by theotheri — January 30, 2016 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

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