|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?