Uses of the Umbrella

Consider the umbrella. Round when seen from above, but when you perceive it from the side, it looks like a quarter moon with a holder sticking out of its middle. In the most classic of cases, this holder has a handle on its lower extremity, much like that of an equally classic walking stick held upside down, which is funny, really. Indeed, an umbrella may be used as a walking stick. A crippled nobleman wanting to avoid getting wet on a rainy day should, however, bring both his umbrella and his walking stick when he leaves the house. Thus, when the rain stops, the potential additional use of the rainshield will likely not be favoured over the use of the more specialized tool which is also at hand. Sadly, the umbrella’s potential as a walking stick is therefore most likely to be used by individuals who are not in need of a walking stick.


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