What does this mean? H’mm,’ said he. ‘So far as I can ascertain it is an attempt to write extremely corrupt Greek on the part’—here he glared at me with intention—‘of an extremely illiterate—ah—person. … ‘Can you tell me what the corruption is supposed to mean—the gist of the thing?’I asked.
‘I have been—many times—overcome with weariness in this particular employment …
This is from “The Finest Story in the World”.
The storyteller has made friends with Charlie Mears, a young bank clerk who wants to be a writer. He unexpectedly comes up with vivid lines about the life of a galley slave in ancient Greece. He scrawls some words on a piece of paper to show what the slaves scratched on their benches. The story teller takes them to the British Museum for interpretation, and they prove to be in Greek.
Charlie had been drawing on a well spring of inspiration from a past life.