Gone Home

Lucky's Instructions:

The Devil’s Dictionary was one of those books that exposes certain unpleasant truths. For example:




A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk.




In honor of the old curmudgeon, find an epitaph that would have fit right into Mr. Bierce’s famous book of definitions.


My response:

Dear Lucky,


Here we see Mrs Maxine Dougherty, and her epitaph included, seemingly as an after thought on a small scroll in the corner, "Gone Home".


Interestingly enough the word "Home" does not, to my knowlage, appear in The Devil's Dictionary.


While it is evident that Maxine, or her loved ones, intended to say that she had gone home to her maker; I think it is equilly obvious how Bierce would have interpreted these small words included on a plaque that rests over a mortal coil shuffled off and layed in the ground.

  • HitsHerMark 10y

    Lucky's response:
    I appreciate a good effort. Too bad you didn't do what the mission asked: find an epitaph that would have fit right into Mr. Bierce's famous book of definitions. The idea here is something wry, sarcastic, irreverent.
    Hey, don't fold yet! Feel free to give it another shot.
    Always appreciate a Small Favor-
    The Dealer

    My response:
    As a wise man once said, "Shear cussedness will get your farther then a Comanche's pony." So where I usually say, "I hate to argue the point..." I'm just gonna go ahead and argue the point. :)

    The romantic would look at Maxine's marker and say that she's "gone home" to a better place. i.e. - Heaven.

    Somebody with the Devil's Dictionary in their hand would take "Gone Home" more literally. That is to say, "Home" is an over priced box, probably made of rare wood hacked out of some rain forrest, that people got to see once before it was stuck in the ground, where she slowly returns to dust but can not rejoin with the earth because she hermetically sealed in her new "home".

    I don't think I can be more wry, sarcastic, and/or irreverent without ripping my heart out with a pair of blunt tongs Lucky. :)
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