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Either I wanted to read till the early hours or not at all. That’s just what I was like. Three hours later I’d finished it. Guys—I was massively pissed off! The bloke in the book, Werther, his name was—he commits suicide at the end. Just gives up the ghost. Puts a bullet through his bloody head because he can’t get the woman he wants, and feels mega-sorry for himself the whole entire time. If he wasn’t such a complete loon he would’ve been able to see that she was just waiting for him to do something, this Charlotte girl.

What I mean is, to write a book you’ve got to have read a few thousand others. At least I can’t see how you’d manage it otherwise. Let’s say three thousand. And each one of those was written by someone who’d read three thousand books themselves. No one knows how many books there are in the world. But by this simple calculation you already get a few billion zillions plus a couple for the road. That’s enough, if you ask me. My two favourite books were: Robinson Crusoe. I bet you’ll have a chuckle about that one.

Anyway, slaps only occur two times out of ten, max. That’s a fact. And this Werther was alone with her millions of times. In that park, for instance. And what does he do? He sits there like a lemon and just looks on while she goes and marries someone else. And then he tops himself. The bloke was beyond help. The woman was the only one I really felt sorry for. She got stuck with her jobsworth husband. Werther should’ve at least thought of that. And also: s’pose there really was no chance of him ever getting anywhere with her.

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