LitReading - Classic Short Stories

The Fable of the Preacher Who Flew His Kite, But Not Because He Wished to Do So by George Ade

Episode Summary

When a preacher failed to stir the emotions of his congregants he resorts to the time tested tradition of embellishment.

Episode Notes

While Litreading is my avocation, another podcast, Talking Real Money is part of my vocation. On this money podcast, I often talk about the tall tales told by Wall Street brokers and other financial “experts” spout all manner of ludicrous rhetoric to make them appear more valuable to their potential clientele. Well, apparently, those in other fields have you found that “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance baffle them with BS.”

This 1896 fable shares some characteristics with the stories of Mark Twain because Twain was George Ade’s mentor in the late 19th Century.
Ade is not one of America’s better-known authors in large part because of his strange writing style that included all manner of extraneous capitalizations and incredibly long titles. Yet, this story has held up well over the years.

Some of the language is a bit archaic (although a few are surprisingly trendy) and one word, in particular, bears defining. In old English, the term pansy did not carry today’s negative connotations but referred to someone who was deep, weighty thinker.