Monday, April 13, 2009

The Resistance of Memory

“Can you remember what happened in 1976?” asked Jasfoup, a jeweller’s glass screwed into one eye socket. “Specifically, I mean. Down to what people said on a particular day.”

“That’s more than thirty years ago,” said Harold, placing a finger over the point he’d reached in ‘Easter Bunny and the Missing Egg’ before he looked up. “Anyone in particular? I could look it up.”

“Someone important,” said Jasfoup. “Your mum, say. What did your mum say?”

Harold shrugged. “Something along the lines of ‘Get your nose out of that book and fetch some coal in’, or ‘If you keep picking it it’ll never heal’. Thinks of that ilk.”

“How about a specific event?” Jasfoup frowned. “What about the day you went to Alton Towers and you were sick in your underpants?”

“I don’t remember that,” said Harold. “Are you making this up?”

“Not at all. Ask your mum.”

“I will.” Harold put Lucy’s new book down. “Why are you asking about wahat was said thirty years ago, anyway?”

“It’s this version of the Bible,” said Jasfoup, displaying a leather-bound copy of the Four Gospels. “The earliest gospel was written in AD64, thirty years after the crucifixion, and yet they are purported to be wholly accurate, word-for-word accounts of the first and last few years of Jesus’ life.”

Harold nodded. “As dictated by God, presumably,” he said. “Why the interest?”

Jasfoup smiled. “I’m just questioning the Inerrancy of the Scriptures,” he said. “ I think it’s inaccurate but it’s a Fundamental problem.”

“Perhaps the authors held séances to get the scoop from the spirits of those who were there.”

“If they even admitted that such things exist,” said Jasfoup. “You see ‘unclean spirits’ depicted but never ‘freshly laundered’ ones.”

“Clean living,” I suppose,” said Harold. “At least the Romans had baths.”


aims said...

I've wondered exactly the same thing. How did they know? Who told them? Who 'says'?

And this coming from a 'raised' Baptist.

Leatherdykeuk said...


stephanie said...

Perhaps they, too, had time-travelling imps to help with the grunt work.

Leatherdykeuk said...

That would be handy!