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Выписки: Fussell on British Phlegm

Вы думали, я сто лет как дочитал "The Great War and Modern Memory". Никак нет. Я так действую: прочитаю какую-нибудь книжку, а потом медленно главу из Фассела. Потом ещё книжку и ещё главу из Фассела. Но ладно уж, пришла пора выписывать, тем более, что выписывать там можно через страницу. Там в принципе всё про англичан, но вот особенно нажористый кусочек:

Unashamed sentiment like that in these epitaphs was one of the prevailing emotional styles of the front. Another was the antithetical style of utter sang-froid, or what we would have to call the style of British Phlegm. The trick here is to affect to be entirely unflappable; one speaks as if the war were entirely normal and matter-of-fact. Thus Clive Watts writes his sister, “It was most interesting being in the trenches this moring and seeing the effects of the shelling.” And S.S. Horsley* writes home: “Got a new type of gas-goggles with rubber eye-pieces, very comfortable and useful for motoring after the war.” P.H. Pilditch trace this style to the “stoical reticence” learned by young officers at the public schools and spoke of it as “a sort of euphemism”: “everything is toned down… Nothing is ‘horrible.’ That word is never used in public. Things are ‘darned unpleasant,’ ‘rather nasty,’ or, if very bad, simply ‘damnable.’ ” But the effect is less euphemistic than ironic and comic, as when… General Jack says, “On my usual afternoon walk today a shrapnel shell scattered a shower of bullets around me in an unpleasant manner.”

* — Apparently, no connection (DS).

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