“Mademoiselle, I am shocked beyond words that you would connive with Irishmen to enter my house and ransack it. There is much that I would forgive you. But to violate the sanctity of an ambassadorial residence—of a nobleman’s home—and to commit theft, makes me fear I over-estimated you. For I believed you could pass for noble. But what you have done is common.”
“These distinctions that you draw ’tween noble and common, what is proper and what is not, seem as arbitrary and senseless to me, as the castes and customs of Hindoos would to you,” Eliza returned.
“It is in their very irrationality, their arbitrariness, that they are refined,” d’Avaux corrected her. “If the customs of the nobility made sense, anyone could figure them out, and become noble. But because they are incoherent and meaningless, not to mention ever-changing, the only way to know them is to be inculcated with them, to absorb them through the skin. This makes them a coin that is almost impossible to counterfeit.”
“’Tis like gold, then?”
“Very much so, mademoiselle. Gold is gold everywhere, fungible and indifferent. But when a disk of gold is stamped by a coiner with certain pompous words and the picture of a King, it takes on added value—seigneurage. It has that value only in that people believe that it does—it is a shared phant’sy. You, mademoiselle, came to me as a blank disk of gold—”
“And you, sir, tried to stamp nobility ’pon me, to enhance my value—”
“But then—” he said, gesturing to the letter, “to steal from my house, shows you up as a counterfeit.”
—d’Avaux and Eliza, The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
Boycotting shopping at Hobby Lobby: Yes
Yelling at Hobby Lobby employees because their corporation is dangerously conservative: No. Do not do this. Do not torture minimum wage employees for this.
Better yet, if you meet a Hobby Lobby employee, discuss with them what THEY need to get a better job and HELP THEM DO IT.
Reminder: the employees of Hobby Lobby were the victims. They’re the ones who don’t get the full range of health care they deserve. They’re the ones who are being discriminated against, not on the basis of their religion, but—amazingly—on someone else’s religion. So if you meet a Hobby Lobby employee, buy them a drink. Or an IUD.
My client, after the fifth revision. This was the first time he’d brought this up.(via clientsfromhell)
This happened to me last year. No joke.