|Two years ago, I was walking from Chicago to Battle Creek, Michigan, with a group from Voices for Creative Nonviolence. On the day when we left Chicago and walked into industrial Indiana, it was a dreary, rainy day. We were walking on the side of a busy road with no shoulder. It became a scary, dreary, rainy day. We walked on gravel and small rocks that felt like boulders. I could feel the blisters growing on my feet. It was a vexing experience. I wondered what sort of villain would be so vituperative as to build this ugly industrial place and then abandon it, once the place became too tired to support creative humans.
It must have been a very vexing villain. Building the industrial wasteland would have been all about profit but abandoning it without cleaning it seems very vituperative.
So, today, I will talk about villains. Now that I’ve mentioned the industrial wasteland, I will turn from real-life villains to fictitious villains. Here are some of my favorite villains:
Evil landlord: You must pay your rent!
Pauline: But I can’t pay my rent.
Evil landlord: Pay your rent or marry me!!! (he twirls his long, very waxed mustache, which appalls Pauline.
Pauline: I will never marry you!
Evil landlord: Marry me or I’ll tie you to the railroad tracks!!!
(he does so)
Pauline (as the noise of the train gets louder): Help! Help!
Fortunately, Pauline is saved by her heroic boyfriend before the train arrives. In fact, seconds before. It’s great to have a hero in the face of so many wicked, rotten vexing vituperative villains.
Question: Who are some of your favorite vexing villains?