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‘To Sleep’ is a metaphor

3 January 2018

He is a grammar nazi. He answers rhetorical questions. He takes everything literally, hence, for him, the literary device of sarcasm is, if not nonexistant, at least, remotely alien!

He was once instructed by his fifth Grade Teacher to sleep through the pages of the book. Or, that is how he narrates his anecdote. He underwent severe mental trauma, to decipher what the teacher had really meant? Even if he could sleep on the pages of the book, he could not sleep through them, and when he did do it, the pages were doubled in number and their width halved with half of them set free from the orthodox binding of the book!

This event, as he often recognises, is the reason why he had lost his sleep in the young, joyful stages of life. Once while visiting an ENT specialist, for the prognosis of the recently diagnosed congenital ear problems he had, he had told me absent mindedly about the possibility of him misrecognising the ‘f’ with an ‘s’ and overhearing the pronunciation of the sound ‘i as in flip’, and ever since both he and I have agreed upon the fact, that it is more probable that a fifth grade teacher would instruct to ‘flip through the pages’ rather than to ‘sleep’ through them!

The last time I met him, he was completely oblivious of this realisation of his, and instead suggested, “Don’t you think to sleep is a metaphor, signifying something dark, just like the night you usually sleep through?”

I could have commented, but i instead unfollowed him and soon after unfriended him, which, by the way, was before blocking him and reportung him as spam!

Arkadeep Mukhopadhyay



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