Everybody need a hobby. Reader Laura Freeburn’s odd hobby is translating medieval German texts into English. Sometimes she runs into odd things:
The following is my snarky summary of the medieval story Der arme Heinrich by Hartmann von Aue. If you enjoyed the now-defunct website The Toast, you might like this too. If not…I have other posts. Go here if you’ve never seen an American pharmaceutical ad.
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Pharma rep: What?
Heinrich: That last part was really fast…what did you say?
Pharma rep: Oh nothing, just some random words. If you’re not sure about the treatment, look, I have a coupon. Our doctors in Salerno are just great. You’ll be so glad you did it!
Heinrich: OK: you’re saying if I go to Salerno and have a doctor stab some young lady in the heart, while I just sit there and watch, I’ll be cured and I can go back to running my estate and doing everything I used to do? How do I even arrange this thing? Can I kidnap an orphan who is definitely a bad person?
Pharma rep: Actually, she has to sacrifice herself willingly, otherwise it doesn’t work.
Heinrich: &#%@$!@#*%$#%#&! Nobody’s going to do that! Get lost, I have mud to wallow in.
Much more weirdness here.