Musing on the Polish election results
At the end of the 4.50 from Paddington (the 1987 BBC TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel with Joan Hickson), just after the final dénouement, there is an interesting exchange between the rakish Cedric Crackenthorpe and Miss Marple regarding the super-efficient Lucy Eyelesbarrow and his rival for her affections, Bryan Eastley.
Miss Marple. She’s not in love with him yet, of course. I rather think that she’s more attracted to you. But she’ll marry him, and make him what she wants, and then she’ll fall in love with him… probably when she’s expecting their third child.
Cedric. I never realised before that common sense is as powerful an instinct as love, hatred or patriotism.
Miss Marple. How very common sensible of you to realise it.
Note how the positive connotation of ‚common’ in common sense, common law and common land can turn to the neutral in a phrase like common sense clothes and can turn to the negative as in: that’s rather common.
So what’s common sense in Polish? Zdrowy rozsądek, perhaps?
Kategoria: election | 1 Comment