The Joy of the Tome

Choosing to read really big books (sometimes)

Dr. Kathleen Waller
A Thousand Lives
Published in
10 min readMar 23, 2022

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Bottom view of a book with many pages, partially opened. The pages are cream color with a golden-hued background. Several pages seem to be in motion as if if the book has just been opened.
Photo by Anastasia Zhenina on Unsplash

When I hear the word tome, I always think of Reverend Hale in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, carrying around his heavy books that are “weighted with authority” (Act I). Although others mock him during the Salem witch trials, he is the only government or church figure (well, the same as the early colony of Massachusetts was a theocracy) who can really see…

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Dr. Kathleen Waller
A Thousand Lives

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