Jaspistos

Modern types

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In Competition No. 2379 you were invited to describe in rhymed verse one of three modern types: the Boaster, the Grumbler or the Superstitious Person.

‘If he’s renting a house he’ll say it’s the family mansion, but that he intends to sell it as he finds it too small for entertaining.’ ‘When he has won a lawsuit by a unanimous verdict he’ll find fault with his lawyer for having omitted several points in presenting his case.’ ‘If he disturbs an owl on a walk he’ll exclaim, “Glory be to Athene!” before he goes on.’ That’s Theophrastus on our three types. Plus