Marginalia, no.343

The handle should return to the horizontal when the flow of water ceases. Should it fail to do so, agitate it gently until it succeeds.

~ Evelyn Waugh, in a note instructing guests on the use of his home toilet

Inspiration is frequently associated with the restroom, eloquence less so. Reading materials in our bathroom at home are limited to back issues of National Geographic and Audubon. Our toilet, however, has the same trouble as Mr Waugh’s, so I may as well pin up his note for the benefit of our guests. There’s nothing like a perfectly satisfying sentence.

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