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Hallo,

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain" (Mark Twain).

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Why bankers want their umbrella back in the minute the rainfall begins

Mark Twain once said that a bankers is a fella who lends you an umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back in the minute the first raindrop falls. We assume he was talking about greedy bankers. Nevertheless, we are asking today whether there is perhaps another explanation that might make more sense.

The family history of the Irish Republican politician Gerry Adams provides an answer.

Gerry Adams, like probably all Belfast working class children, grew up in extreme poverty in the early 1950s. The family lived for years in a room, sometimes with ten people crammed together. The father, a construction worker with political prison experience, had because of latter little chance on the Belfast job market.1 The mother was therefore responsible for the family finances.

Whenever Adam's mother needed money spontaneously for feeding her family, she went to the pawnshop and handed in her husband's clothes, but he wasn't allowed to know. Therefore she always had to keep an eye on the weather so that he wouldn't notice the absence of certain clothes, like an umbrella. And Irish weather is very changeable.

Whenever the first rain clouds appeared in the sky, the mother ran into the pawnshop and quickly released father Adam's umbrella.2

So why is a banker a guy who gives you an umbrella while sunshine and wants it back in the minute the first raindrop falls?

Because the umbrella doesn't belong to him, but he himself had the umbrella only for safekeeping and lent it to another person during sunshine for capital increase. Because an umbrella lying around when the sun is shining is dead capital, whereas it's valuable asset in relation to people who want to have a cheap replacement umbrella when the sun is shining. And this means that the banker's customers were not interested in the primary use of the umbrella as rain protector at all, but paid for using it as a sunshade replacement. And thus, the umbrella takers suffer no harm at all if the umbrella giver wants the umbrella back exactly to the minute when it rains. On the contrary, the umbrella giver is doing the umbrella taker a favor when he's demanding back the thing and brings him a cheaper umbrella replacement instead – a parasol.

Because when Mother Adams sees rain clouds appears in the sky, she runs to the pawnshop and wants to release her umbrella - that is her right. So the pawnbroker says "just a second", runs out of the back door and to the customer six houses further on, from whom he wants the umbrella, exactly in the minute it starts raining.

The umbrella taker is happy to hand over the replacement parasol, while the pawnbroker, being a good banker, puts a parasol in his hand. Then he runs back to Adams' mother, who is waiting for him in the pawnshop, she gets her umbrella and is back home dry before father Adams is coming, so that he receives an already opened umbrella from his for him caring wife at the front door, while she, thanks to her attention, covers all traces that indicate that the umbrella hasn't been at home the whole time.

This keeps the pawnbroker dry and he earns double, the pawnbroker's umbrella lender stays dry thanks to the parasol he receives, and Mother Adams stays dry as well, while she probably gives away the parasol as a pawn on this occasion, which the pawnbroker passed on to the umbrella lender.

Therefore, all parties involved are winning. Even the father doesn't lose because he has no umbrella on the way back from work anyway. This is instead the main reason why he comes home earlier.

So, the whole idea makes sense, and the only amazing thing is that Mark Twain knew about the secrets of Gerry Adams' family so good.

Presumabely, because this was usual behaviour in the past - all women did it. In this case, maybe our contemporary perception of recognizing greedy bankers in Mark Twains speech is wrong.

And that would make perfect sense, because Mark Twain was known for his humorous manner and excellent observation skills on a local level: he liked to write about what he saw by himself.

Footnotes

1 Cf. Adams 1996: 12f.

2 Cf. Adams 1996: 29f.

Source

Adams, Gerry (1996): Bevor es Tag wird. Autobiographie. 1996, London. Brandon Books Dingle (Irland) / William Heinemann Publishers (London).

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 - (Schule, Sprache, Leben)

Hallo, 

 - Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

 - A friend in need is a friend indeed

 - A day without a smile is a day wasted (Charlie Chaplin)

 - My home is my castle

 - Make love, not war

 - Give peace a chance

 - Such is life

 - The ornament of our home are the friends who frequent it

 - An apple a day keeps the doctor away

 - Always look on the bright side of life!

 - When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

 - Don’t worry be happy!

 - Follow your dreams

 - Today is the first day of the rest of your life

 - To be or not to be that is the question

 - The early bird catches the worm

 - Seize the day

 - Tit for tat

 - Haste makes waste

 - I think, therefore I am

 - I know that I know nothing  

•         Don't worry about people from your past, there is a reason they didn't make it to your future 

 - A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. 

 - The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had. 

Don’t go around saying 

the world owes you a living. 

The world owes you nothing. 

It was here first. 

 - Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

 - Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

 - Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. 

(Mark Twain) 

 - Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five. 

(Benjamin Franklin) 

To the barefoot man, happiness is a pair of shoes.  

To the man with old shoes, it’s a pair of new shoes. 

To the man with new shoes, it’s more stylish shoes. 

And of course, the fellow with not feet would be happy to be barefoot. 

Measure your life by what you have, 

not by what you don’t. 

(Michael Josephson) 

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

Proverb, American Indian 

:-) AstridDerPu

Do what you love and love what you do

be the best Version of yourself

be the change you wish to see

If you play with fire you will get burnt

no Rain no flowers

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

May I love you, may I be your shield, when no one can be found, may I lay you down?

Zwar weiß ich nicht ob du wirklich damit Zufrieden bist 👆

Google doch mal "Frank Zappa quotes". Der Mann war als Philosoph genau so brilliant wie als Musiker. Da ist für jede Lebenslage was dabei! 😊

Und hier noch ein sehr treffendes von Alfred Lord Tennyson:

"It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

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