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    Default Can anyone identify with or relate to this passage?

    "There Ignatius stood like the boy on the burning deck. The music rose from the tabernacle once again. Dorian fled to speak with a group of his guests, actively ignoring Ignatius, as was everyone else in the room. Ignatius felt as alone as he had felt on that dark day in high school when in a chemistry laboratory his experiment had exploded, burning his eyebrows off and frightening him. The shock and terror had made him wet his pants, and no one in the laboratory would notice him, not even the instructor, who hated him sincerely for similar explosions in the past. For the remainder of that day, as he walked soggily around the school, everyone had pretended that he was invisible. Ignatius, feeling just as invisible standing there in Dorian's living room, began feinting at some imaginary opponent with his cutlass to relieve his self-consciousness."

    -A Confederacy of DUNCES (323-324) last paragraph

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    Not at all. I'm much more competent than to singe my eyebrows.

    Anyways, Ignatius appears lonely. I'm merely alone, not lonely.
    If a deaf INFP falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

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    You cannot undo what is done. You can easily undo what is yet to come. The trick is to go on as though nothing happened. Pretend nothing happened. I've done it many times. People won't care if you produce results. You will be amazed at what people will conveniently look past if they are getting what they want.

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    OH MY GAWD I LOVE A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

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    Also, I find it disturbing that you leave out the funny parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew_Z View Post
    Not at all. I'm much more competent than to singe my eyebrows.

    Anyways, Ignatius appears lonely. I'm merely alone, not lonely.
    I got the impression that he was misunderstood. Though I guess that often leads to loneliness.

    Quote Originally Posted by LostInNerSpace View Post
    You cannot undo what is done. You can easily undo what is yet to come. The trick is to go on as though nothing happened. Pretend nothing happened. I've done it many times. People won't care if you produce results. You will be amazed at what people will conveniently look past if they are getting what they want.
    Hmmmmmm.........

    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    OH MY GAWD I LOVE A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

    (notice my signature)

    Also, I find it disturbing that you leave out the funny parts.
    Lol, yea I found that one paragraph particularly affecting. It wasn't one of the prominent symbols that Toole was looking for, it wasn't really even a symbol at all. Though that passage just pokes at me for some reason. It is a great book though, I was thinking of using the book for my literary analysis when applying for an English graduate program.

    The book was comical to say the least, though it has a disturbing undercurrent about it. I laughed, though not without feeling guilty (especially towards the end).

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