This week’s words: Stargaze Panegyric (a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy. formal or elaborate praise.) Fraud Spite Knoll Laudanum (a tincture of opium) Xenolith (a rock fragment foreign to the igneous rock in which it is embedded.) Trace Stain Lustrous Tempestuous (turbulent, like a tempest) Yolk
It was probably the best compliment Carsen would hear, to say he was a stargazer. If that had not been bestowed upon him then moron might have more fitted the bill. A stargazer in the sense of always appearing to be off in dreamland.
He spent much of his time pouring over this collection is igneous rocks. He sourced them from all over the country but his pride and joy was Doris, a Xenolith, he had found in the outback at a place south of Wheelabarraback.
One of Carsen’s oddities, among many, was his penchant for naming all his favourite rocks after women he admired, both real and imaginary.
If you asked him anything about his rocks it would not be unusual to hear him launch into a panegyric about the virtues of either Kate or Lori or even the one that amused us most of all, Amanda Jane of Windowpane.
It was suspected that Carsen dosed himself fairly liberally with laudanum usually by ten in the morning and if you were unfortunate to call at that time his panegyrical protestations just got bolder by the minute.
Some thought his collection was fraudulent and suspected that most of his rocks were what he found in the riverbed.
Carsen had a tempestuous nature and was not averse to an argument that might cast a stain upon the veracity of his claims.
He could argue with fresh argument any rock you brought into question. Prior to his discovery of Doris he had been in the neighbouring town of Didukickamoocow and just beyond the town’s grassy knoll he had discovered a rare and valuable lustrous rock, which glowed serenely in his hand and of which Carsen fervently, believed possessed magical powers.
The rock in question, which he named Candice, after his first grade teacher, had trace elements within it that could only be described as a work of nature and God. In spite of all protests to the contrary Carsen kept Candice in a special box, lined with blue velvet and imported from Sweden.
Carsen claimed that if you held an egg over Candice, the yolk would go a golden yellow, whose lustre would cause you to shield your eyes and contain more protein than you could poke a stick at.
At last count Carsen had over six hundred rocks, each in his eyes more valuable than the next, each the recipient of his laudanum riddled brain with a panegyric to make each rock proud to belong to his collection.