Marginalia, no.121

SAUCE, n.  The infallible sign of civilization and enlightenment.  A people with no sauces has one thousand vices; a people with one sauce has only nine hundred and ninety-nine.  For every sauce invented and accepted a vice is renounced and forgiven.

~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

An illustration of the painful path to virtue: I came home last night and found my wife concocting a sauce of red chile peppers.  She had roasted them in the oven and the fumes filled the house.  I immediately began coughing.  There was a sharp pricking at the back of my throat.  The floodgates of eyes and nose were thrown wide and I fled to the bedroom until the air was clear.  The final result of her labors, however, was beyond tasty – it was another yard won from creeping barbarism.


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