7 July: After the fall.

Adam, Eve and the Serpent, Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland.

Jerome K Jerome is reporting on the Oberammergau Passion Play of 1890, the object of his pilgrimage by rail across Europe. He has seen the play and enjoyed it, but …

The tableau showing the life of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Eden makes a beautiful picture.  Father Adam, stalwart and sunbrowned, clad in sheepskins, rests for a moment from his delving, to wipe the sweat from his brow.  Eve, still looking fair and happy—though I suppose she ought not to,—sits spinning and watching the children playing at ‘helping father.’  The chorus from each side of the stage explained to us that this represented a scene of woe, the result of sin; but it seemed to me that the Adam family were very contented, and I found myself wondering, in my common, earthly way, whether, with a little trouble to draw them closer together, and some honest work to keep them from getting into mischief, Adam and Eve were not almost better off than they would have been mooning about Paradise with nothing to do but talk.

From Diary of a Pilgrimage by Jerome K. Jerome.

Jerome earned his living by gentle humour, but he often had a deeper point to make.

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