It’s Saturday, June 4, and still overcast in Boston. The big news is that Muhammad Ali died yesterday in a Phoenix hospital at age 74. For many years he’d had Parkinson’s disease, perhaps instigated or exacerbated by blows to the head. He was controversial, but I’ll always admire him for one act: he sacrificed over 3 years of his boxing career, while he was in his prime, by refusing to be drafted and requesting status as a conscientious objector. Convicted of draft evasion, he appealed and was ultimately vindicated, but he’d been stripped of his boxing title in the meantime and did not engage in prize fighting for several years.
Others who died on this day include W. H. R. Rivers (1922) and Dorothy Gis (1968). Notables born on this day include Bruce Dern (1936). On this day in 1913, the suffragette activist Emily Davison was killed by King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby; she was trying to draw attention to her cause but was trampled to death. You can see a depiction of this in the recent movie “Suffragette.” Exactly 6 years later, the U.S. Congress approved the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. And, on June 4, 1940, Churchill gave his “We ahall fight on the beaches” speech to the House of Commons.
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili has a very enigmatic dialogue. I don’t understand it and Andrzej, taking a nap, can’t explain at the moment what he wrote. Readers will have to struggle with it as best they can!
Hili: I have to go out from this shadow.A: Why.Hili: To show my modesty.
Hili: Muszę wyjść z cienia.
Hili: Żeby zademonstrować swoją skromność.