One Possible Result of Reading Schiller on an Airplane

I am on Long Island at the moment. My flight from Nashville to Kennedy airport was completely uneventful (I didn’t even get motion sick! I am one of those unfortunate people who could probably get motion sick in a soapbox cart, so this is actually kind of an achievement) except for one thing.

We were about to land and I was packing up my book and my pencil case when the woman next to me asked, “Are you an actress?”

I was surprised enough by the question that I said the first thing that came to mind, which was that no, I am a historian and I sometimes read plays for fun. She seemed disappointed. Then while we were landing she gave me an earful about how her brother-in-law is a historian at Georgia Tech. And I didn’t throw up. So, I’m going to call this one a win.

12 thoughts on “One Possible Result of Reading Schiller on an Airplane

    1. Last time I took Schiller on a plane (ATL-ABQ) it made people unhappy, because the cover was black and it was in a foreign language.


      1. Although, now I think about it, the outcome to that was okay. The guy sitting next to me asked (nervously) what language that was. When he found out it was not (I’m guessing) some romanized language of terrorists, he relaxed. Turned out he was an Engineering Professor (also at GT), so I got a demo of his 1st generation iPod, and that was pretty cool.


      2. Good grief! What would people like that do if the cabin crew made the flight announcements in a foreign language? At least they would be spared the rather thin humour of hearing completely different information in English and French which is routine on Air Canada.


        1. Curiously, some of the freaked out were the cabin crew. Or at least their happy welcome smiles disappeared really quick, as soon as they saw the words “Bibliothek der Erstausgaben”. I suppose that could be menacing, under certain circumstances, like if Homeland Security had just issued a warning about 18th century German Lit geeks who might be traveling to the opera. Simon Boccanegra, even worse, it was still the Bush II administration then.


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