On November 10, 1871, after a nightmarish expedition through tropical forests that took eight months and required two hundred porters, covering eleven hundred miles, the British explorer Morton Stanley at last found Dr. David Livingston, another explorer who had lost contact with the outside world for six years.
“Dr. Livingston, I presume,” Stanley was alleged to have said.
A guest blog posting is herewith offered to anybody who can imagine a comparable greeting that Pauline Marois, the new separatist premier of Quebec, may have extended, in French, to Prime Minister Stephen Harper when they met for the first time at the XIVth summit of La Francophonie on October 13 in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Please do better than “René Lévesque, je suppose?”