as to the king," said Monk, "fear nothing, my dear Monsieur d'Artagnan; the king will not jest with
Monk, I assure you!"
"Zounds!" says he, "I was but in jest with
It is good, in discourse and speech of conversation, to vary and intermingle speech of the present occasion, with arguments, tales with reasons, asking of questions, with telling of opinions, and jest with
earnest: for it is a dull thing to tire, and, as we say now, to jade, any thing too far.
Given what he achieves in the rest of the book, one might wish that Burn had reserved these pages for additional insights into the novel itself, but since he has set himself the task of placing the novel in "a larger literary and cultural matrix", this attempt to connect Infinite Jest with
the later work is understandable (Burn 2012: x).
We'd jest with
him about his pipe smoking and about his strong accent.