This is the kind of thing that makes me laugh.
“Gentlemen,” returned Mr. Micawber, “do with me as you will! I am a straw upon the surface of the deep, and tossed in all directions by the elephants– I beg your pardon; I should have said the elements.” — Charles Dickens from “David Copperfield” ; introductory quote in Mark Strand‘s latest volume of poetry “Almost Invisible”.
I started to read the book and fell for that first quote, now I am too tired to read more. I am feeling optimistic about the rest of the book.