The Anatomy Of Melancholy: Episode 12


A non-captioned version can be seen here.

This episode amuses me unduly. In out interpretation these are four scholars complaining about how much they suffer for their vocation. Theirs is solitary, sedentary, work undertaken in gloomy conditions passing under appreciated by the wider public, no wonder they suffer from melancholy. Perhaps we empathise because we have ‘fellow feeling’, we think the thing we do is difficult, worthy and under valued while over there we see others who, in our estimation, are getting far greater praise and reward for doing some thing very simple, like riding ‘an horse’.

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