“You may offer one thing very clever, two things moderately clever or three things very dull indeed.”

Frank Churchill

From: Emma – 1996

These summer someone from should try the old game that Frank Churchill invented, almost two hundred years ago, to amuse Miss Emma Woodhouse. First of all, there’s a choice to be made:the level. The first seems impossible, the second too difficult, the only possible option left is the third though“very dull indeed” make it sound like a game for little girls…

The game is easy. A first “thing” could be something said  during a Regional Council of Lombardy session (the Region is governed by a right-wing coalition, the President is Roberto Maroni, the leader of Northern League). The council was debating a proposition to extend pediatric cures (from the regional health care system) to irregular immigrants’ children (the proposition was rejected). Talking about (and against) those children a councillor from Maroni’s party said: “They invade our society.”

A second “thing” could be what was said by a Northern League member during a parliamentary debate in Rome: “They only think of marriages between same-gender people, and adoptions too, so those communists from “Sinistra e Libertà” (Left and Freedom, a left-wing party whose leader, Nichi Vendola, is homosexual -writer’s note) should change the name of their party into “Sodomy and Freedom”.

Surely it will be very easy to complete the game, but there’s a difficulty, a limit in the number: the “things” should only be three.

Potete offrire una frase molto intelligente, due frasi moderatamente intelligenti, o tre frasi molto sciocche”

Frank Churchill

Da: Emma – 1996

In queste giornate estive si potrebbe provare  quel gioco che Frank Churchill, quasi duecento anni fa, inventò per far divertire Miss Emma Woodhouse durante un picnic. Si parte dal livello di difficoltà: la prima opzione è praticamente impossibile, la seconda troppo difficile, quindi alla fine si potrebbe optare decisamente per la terza anche se “frasi molto sciocche” sembra roba da fighetti…

Giocare è facile, per esempio, una prima frase, potrebbe essere quella detta in Consiglio Regionale Lombardo da un’esponente della lista Maroni quando si votava su una mozione per offrire cure pediatriche ai bambini immigrati irregolari, che aveva per soggetto proprio quei bimbi (la mozione alla fine è stata respinta) e suonava più o meno così: “Sono un’invasione del nostro tessuto sociale.”

Una seconda, potrebbe essere quella pronunciata da un deputato della Lega Nord, nel corso di una seduta alla camera che recitava: “Visto che tanto pensano solo ai matrimoni tra persone dello stesso sesso, alle adozioni da parte di persone dello stesso sesso, allora questi comunisti di ‘Sinistra e liberta cambino nome e si chiamino, invece, ‘Sodomia e liberta”.

Completare il gioco potrebbe essere uno scherzo da ragazzi, ma ci si deve ricordare che nel gioco c’è un limite: le frasi dovrebbero essere solo tre.

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