Thursday, 25 August 2016

Irritating Things About Ink by Sei Shonagon The Pillow Book

"One finds that a hair has got caught in the stone on which one is rubbing one's inkstick, or again that gravel is lodged in the inkstick, making a nasty, grating sound."

* The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
Sei Shonagon was a court lady in tenth-century Japan. In her Pillow Book she notes down all the things that attract, displease or interest her in daily life. 
Translated by Ivan Morris.
Penguin Classics 1971

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