Ennui: Mother of Adventure

Ennui is the mother of adventure.  Erskine Childers’ The Riddle of the Sands, and John Buchan’s Hannay series and John Macnab all begin with heroes bored, listless, and out of sorts.  But soon, the protagonists are released from the urban and taken away to Friesian mudflats, Border hills, or Highland corries.  Either in deadly earnest or up to high jinks, they are quickened by intrigue and hazard.

Telling the stories involves descriptions of sailing small yachts, fly fishing for salmon, deer stalking, mountaineering, and fieldcraft.  Outdoor sports are the lion and the bear which prepare for the Goliath to come, and then provide enough stimulation to defuse post traumatic stress or to arrest post traumatic letdown.

It is nearly April.  It is time for something to begin.  I think that I’ll re-read some Buchan in anticipation.

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About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.
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1 Response to Ennui: Mother of Adventure

  1. Which Buchan are you going to read? I don’t think he is my cup of tea. Would much rather read some M.M. Kaye.

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