The world would be wonderful if more people were as flippant as her. Doris Lessing is told that she won the Nobel Prize for Literature and she looks part annoyed and part tired.
Lessing later said she thought the cameras were there to film a television program. Vegetables peeked out from blue plastic bags she carried out of the cab.
“This has been going on for 30 years,” she said, as reporters helped her with the bags.
“I’ve won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one, so I’m delighted to win them all, the whole lot, OK?” Lessing said, making her way through the crowd. “It’s a royal flush.”
“I’m sure you’d like some uplifting remarks,” she added with a smile.
She acknowledged the $1.5 million cash award was a lot of money, but still seemed less than thrilled.
“I’m already thinking about all the people who are going to send me begging letters — I can see them lining up now,” she said. The phone in her house, audible from the street, rang continuously.
And yes, she did say “Oh Christ!”, not in the I-won-Miss-America way, but in an exasperated way that is almost endearing.