Friday, January 8, 2010

Shaw's Funeral

George Bernard Shaw's funeral plans, as quoted in Louis Kronenberger, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Commonplace Book (NY: Viking, 1972), p. 267—

My Will contains directions for my funeral, which will not be followed by mourning coaches but by herds of oxen, sheep, swine, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarves in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures. It will be, with the exception of the procession into Noah's Ark, the most remarkable thing of the kind ever seen.