Oscar Wilde makes the following observation: “Pray don’t talk to me about the weather. Whenever people talk about the weather, I always feel quite certain they mean something else. And that makes me nervous." There are many examples of this kind of ‘nervousness' in literature. Sometimes it is blatantly obvious; other times hidden, veiled, sublimated, purposefully ambiguous. As we approach several examples in literature, let us relax as we unravel some of the greatest hidden examples of ‘nervousness.' In our adroitness, let us quell and unravel some of those hidden textual meanings that are meant to allude us.
Mr. Ciacci is a lecturer in the College and the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from the university’s Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World.