I am a Whovian, and one of my favorite episodes is the über-classic “Blink”. It guest stars Carey Mulligan as the unfortunately-named Sally Sparrow who stumbles across some unexpectedly personal graffiti. The usual timey-wimey hijinks ensue. The episode is brilliant, and Mulligan is a major reason for it (aside from an extraordinary script).
Anyway, early in the episode Sally and her friend Kathy Nightingale are poking around in an abandoned old wreck of a house, and they have this exchange:
Kathy Nightingale: What did you come here for anyway?
Sally Sparrow: I love old things. They make me feel sad.
Kathy Nightingale: What’s good about sad?
Sally Sparrow: It’s happy for deep people.
Setting aside what this chat tells us about their respective characters, I was strongly reminded of it when I came across the following in Ecclesiastes:
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. (1:18)
Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of countenance the heart is made glad. (7:3)
Sally knew her Bible. :-)
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