“Samuel Johnson called it ‘the black dog,’ and so, in his turn, did Winston Churchill. Nick Drake also had a dark hound of boreboding but only described its black eyes and the fact that it knew him by name. But all three did much the same job; namely, to act as the feral metaphor for an oncoming fug of wild melancholy. You could call it a result of changeable weather, you could say it’s a hangover from the decline of the empire or even a necessary by-product of a natural hardiness, but a significant proportion of the residents of the British Isles do seem to walk around underneath their own personal rain cloud all the time.”
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