The great library
– a dialogue
August 24, 2006
-- I’m sorry which way is your ancient Persian?
-- Shhhh. There are people studying.
-- Yes, but all I want to know is which way.
-- Please be quiet.
-- Well instead of telling me to be quiet why don’t you point me?
-- Very well. But you must promise that once you are there you will not talk.
-- Talk to whom?
-- The books.
-- The books? Who talks to books?
-- Please accept that some people do and that it’s not wise to.
-- They. Don’t you know who they are?
-- No. Who?
-- The men who talk to books.
-- Right. I won’t talk to the books. Which way.
-- Ancient Persia. Where is it?
-- Well, it’s in the past.
-- So will you be if you don’t help me.
-- If you threaten me I shall be forced to leave. I mean, I shall be forced to ask you to leave.
-- Just please, tell me where the ancients are.
-- Greece or Persia?
-- Could you be more specific?
-- I don’t know.
-- Well, I can’t help you if you don’t know. It’s a library, not a school.
-- Alright, the Safavids.
-- Hardly ancient are they? Do you have a permit for using this library?
-- Permit? If you if you don’t tell me where the Persian section is I will start to TALK LOUDLY.
-- Shhhhhhh! We can’t have people shouting.
-- You’re mad.
-- This is the Great Library. Men have come here to learn for centuries.
-- It probably took them that long to find a book.
-- Which book are you looking for?
-- I am not looking for a book, I am looking for a section. Ancient Persian.
-- Are you Greek?
-- Are you bonkers? What difference does it make?
-- Greeks burnt Persia’s libraries. Surely you know.
-- Yes, I read it in the Evening Post. Terrible, what’s the world coming to, eh?
-- So you are –
-- No I’m not bloody Greek.
-- You look Greek.
-- I am not. Let’s say I am.
-- Knew it. Well, can’t have you burning our section, good day sir.
-- Peyvand Khorsandi's blog, Soul Bean Café