The Other I

January 12, 2016

Another perspective

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

 

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  1. Has anything happened?

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    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!

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      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

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


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