Neither Mackerel Nor Herring. Occasionally Optimistic

My dear friend Anaka was sharing literature examples with me this afternoon, and the below (a passage for her students to determine is a metaphor) made me laugh. Ah, yes, dating.  So often it seems like I’m swimming around in an over-fished (very small) sea, and the occasional schools of fish I encounter are composed of mackerel and herring. Not my type of guy. Er, fish.

But I’m still swimming.

“The world is supposed to be full of possibilities, but they narrow down to pretty few in most personal experience. There’s lots of good fish in the sea…maybe…but the vast masses seem to be mackerel or herring, and if you’re not mackerel or herring yourself you are likely to find very few good fish in the sea.”
– D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover


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