Today I happened to be looking down the list of Word documents on my computer, and I came across this title:
How Successfully Did Pitt Face the Challenge of the French Revolution from 1789-1801?
There it was, sandwiched between Hits of the 60s. doc and How to Read an Unseen Poem and Compare it to One in Your Booklet. doc – both unmistakeably work of my own hand.
Now, I haven’t written a history essay for (loud cough)-ty years or so. So exactly how Mr Pitt got in amongst my personal effects is unclear.
I feel it important to point out to my future executors, should I ever go under a bus and should they ever need to comb nostagically through my written remnants, that this blip of erudition has not been penned by me. Never in my life have I ever considered the agonisings of the British Prime Minister at the turn of the 18th century as he stared, possibly bleakly, into the shockwaves of the French Revolution.
But looking at that Pitt document, standing as a proud bastion of oddity among all the other titles, gave me the same feeling I had back in June when I was examining my daughter’s cycle route through the Pyrenees. According to the map, near the French town of Bourg-Madame her route took her past Spain on one side - yes there was the border clearly marked, and………..Spain on the other. I blinked. I looked again. How on earth could that be?
It turns out that there is a little corner of
And so, as it is completely surrounded by
Just as the Mr Pitt essay could be considered an enclave within my computer documents, but an exclave of what may be a copious output of essays gone astray from an A-level syllabus, possibly my son’s, possibly a scribing elf’s. It will be there forever unless I exert jurisdiction over it, and delete it from my files.
Which I choose not to do, because I like its quirky presence.
So how did Pitt face that pesky challenge of the French Revolution? Well, the conclusion of the exclave essay tells me that “it is possible to argue that Pitt overreacted somewhat”.