Anecdotes of History -or- Punch Lines of Winston Churchill
I present a dream sent by a 69 year old British woman about Winston Churchill.
Here is the dream; I have frequent dreams, occasionally vivid, pleasant, and terrifying, and nearly always in color, and sometimes I compose poetry in my dreams. I recall having a dream in which I had to call on my conscious memory of a Sir Winston Churchill anecdotal story --the one that ends with... And if I were your husband, I'd drink it (the poison). I even looked at someone in my dream who interrupted my joke, paused in annoyance, realized I wasn't quite getting the punch line correct, and then completed the joke correctly.
Mr Hagen's Reply; Winston Churchill Anecdotes -or- The Punch Line
Novalis believed that history was basically composed of anecdotal stories. "History is a great anecdote", and when welded together form the basis for the individual and collective epochal flow of biographical (or anecdotal) molecules. For my own part, in my dream notebook I have spent a lifetime attempting to explore all the literary devices including anecdotes that are employed in our dreams. These literary techniques form the back story of the dream interpretations posted at the International Institute for Dream Research website. Following Novalis and Holderlin's poetic lead, Nietzsche clearly understood that our literary world was created by "a movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms". The dream above proves this literary point as it applies to our nightly mentations.
Winston Churchill interestingly enough won the Nobel Prize for literature. Churchill is regarded as one of the most influencial men in British history. His biting wit finds near sublime Freudian realization in two quotes (that have reported variations);
Bessie Braddock: "Sir, you are drunk."
Churchill: "Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober."
Nancy Astor: "Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison."
Churchill: "If I were your husband I would take it."
Churchill was able to do stand up comedy, his vitriolic punch lines certainly hit home. The dream above provides us with an illustration of "imitation being the sincerest form of flattery" (Charles Caleb Colton).