Certain Immortals I Could Name

The Comte de Saint-Germaine works late night at the University Library. We don’t know what he is studying and it isn’t clear that he is the Comte de Saint-Germaine, but he fits all the qualifying criteria. The beard that looks like a disguise, the archaic language use and, most importantly, the name-dropping of long dead personages.

I only mention this because a similar character appears in Umberto Eco’s ‘Foucault’s Pendulum,’ and whilst both his character and mine are very definitely mortal men doomed to die they still have a certain majesty and mystery around them that make you realise that learning for-the-sake-of-learning can be respectable in its own right.

Even if it does drive you mad.

The FHG tells me that I will, one day, become such a figure. I don’t know whether that scares or pleases me.

About Matthew Dentith

Author of "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories" (Palgrave Macmillan), Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.


  1. I wish Le Comte had been around last night to tell Simon Schama what a load of weapons-grade bollocks he was talking about Jacques-Louis David, on that winsome programme about Art he misrepresents.

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