"Serious over my cereal"
April 25, 2010 4:49 AM Subscribe
QuotationFilter: "Serious over my cereal, I broke one morning my fast, with something-to-read-searching retina ... "
posted by paduasoy to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My grandmother, born in 1925, has been asking me about the source of this quotation for about five years. I've never come across it elsewhere and Googling doesn't find anything. I'm assuming it is verse and that she has it right - she knows a lot of poetry by heart, mostly canonical nineteenth-century stuff, and very rarely makes mistakes.
She has suggested that it might be Hopkins or Betjeman, but I don't think these are very likely, and she does get sources wrong.
It is possible, I guess, that "cereal" could be "serial". The word "something" is actually in the quotation as she gives it, not a replacement for an unknown word.
Thanks for any help you can offer.