“Why, oh why must one grow up, why must one inherit this heavy, numbing responsibility of living an undiscovered life? Out of the nothingness and the undifferentiated mass, to make something of herself! But what? In the obscurity and pathlessness to take a direction! But whither? How take even one step? And yet, how stand still? This was torment indeed, to inherit the responsibility of one’s own life.”
―from "The Rainbow" by D.H. Lawrence
OPERA REVIEW | 'SIMON BOCCANEGRA'
An Opera by Verdi That Needs Name Tags
By BERNARD HOLLAND
Giancarlo del Monaco’s 12-year-old production returned to the Met on Monday night, adding yet one more layer to the opera’s already many-leveled obscurity.
"If I could, I would always work in silence and obscurity and let my efforts be known by their results." — Emily Brontë
Addressing the first graduates of the National Defense Academy of Japan, Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida (吉田 茂 1878-1967), who founded the school, delivered an unusual speech of encouragement: "The Japanese people and Japan are happier when you remain in obscurity. I want you to endure (being unknown)." While evaluations of Yoshida's argument for security are mixed, his straight words of reason and compassion are still being passed down more than half a century later.
Real Time: From PET to Net
A kid's TV show leaves Jason Fry pondering how thoroughly the computing world has changed in the generation separating him from his son.
its name was Legion
Jesus encountered a man filled with numerous demons in Mark 5:1-20. Addressing the demons, Jesus asked for their name. They replied "Legion, for we are many."
━━ n. 【史】（古代ローマの）軍団; 軍; 在郷軍人会; 多数.
━━ a. 多数の.
American Legion （the ～） 米国在郷軍人会.
━━ a., n. 軍団（の）; 【史】古代ローマ軍団（兵）（の）.
Legion of Honor レジヨンドヌール勲章［勲位］.
Legion of Merit 【米軍】（the ～） 勲功章.
(Royal) British Legion （the ～） 英国在郷軍人会.
Little Dorrit by Charles DickensCHAPTER 10
Containing the whole Science of Government
Numbers of people were lost in the Circumlocution Office.
Unfortunates with wrongs, or with projects for the general welfare
(and they had better have had wrongs at first, than have taken that
bitter English recipe for certainly getting them), who in slow
lapse of time and agony had passed safely through other public
departments; who, according to rule, had been bullied in this,
over-reached by that, and evaded by the other; got referred at last
to the Circumlocution Office, and never reappeared in the light of
day. Boards sat upon them, secretaries minuted upon them,
commissioners gabbled about them, clerks registered, entered,
checked, and ticked them off, and they melted away. In short, all
the business of the country went through the Circumlocution Office,
except the business that never came out of it; and its name was
noun [C]1 an animal which is kept in the home as a companion and treated affectionately:
They have several pets - a dog, two rabbits and a guinea pig.
a pet snake
be sb's pet to be the person that someone in authority likes best and treats better than anyone else:
The other children hated her because she was the teacher's pet.
3 INFORMAL APPROVING
a kind person who is easy to like:
He's always sending me flowers - he's a real pet!
4 UK INFORMAL an affectionate way of addressing someone, especially a woman or a child:
Thank you, pet.
pet Show phonetics
adjectivepet theory/subject/hate, etc. a theory/subject/hate, etc. that is special and important to you:
Football is one of her pet hates.
━━ n. 薄暗さ; 不明瞭; 難解（な箇所）; 無名（の人）; へんぴ（な場所）; （身分の）卑しさ.
not known to many people:
an obscure island in the Pacific
an obscure 12th-century mystic
He was briefly famous in his twenties but then sank into obscurity.
He rose from relative obscurity to worldwide recognition.
German Labels Search for the Real Sound of America
For three decades, the German labels Bear Family Records and Trikont
have rescued classic American music from obscurity. From hillbilly
to deep-fried Southern funk, anything goes -- as long as it's got
unclear and difficult to understand or see:
Official policy has changed, for reasons that remain obscure.
His answers were obscure and confusing.
1 to prevent something from being seen or heard:
Two new skyscrapers had sprung up, obscuring the view from her window.
The sun was obscured by clouds.
2 to make something difficult to discover and understand:
Managers deliberately obscured the real situation from federal investigators.
The minister's statement was obscurely worded.
The story is convoluted and opaque, often to the point of total obscurity.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)