... "you haven't told me yet," said lady nuttal, "what it is your fiancé does for a living."
"he's a statistician," replied lamia, with an annoying sense of being on the defensive.
lady nuttel was obviously taken aback. it had not occured to her that statisticians entered into normal social relationship. the species, she would have surmised, was perpetuated in some collateral manner, like mules.
"but aunt sara, it's a very interesting profession," said lamia warmly.
"i don't doubt it," said her aunt, who obviously doubted it very much. "to express anything important in mere figures is so plainly impossible that there must be endless scope for well-paid advice on how to do it. but don't you think that life with a statistician would be rather, shall we say, humdrum?"
lamia was silent. she felt relucant to discuss the surprising depth of emotional possibility which she had discovered below edward's numerical veneer.
"it's not the figures themselves." she said finally. "it's what you do with them that matters."
(alıntıdan alıntı. k.a.c. manderville'in the undoing of lamia gurdleneck adlı kitabından sanders&smidt, statistics-a first course adlı kitaplarına alıntı yapmışlar.)
(bkz: bu bilgi gerçek hayatta ne işime yarayacak
) insanlarının kabusu...
istatistik hakkında bilgisi olmayan insanların öylesine, bölümde okuyan insan olsun diye (o ne be) var olduklarını sandıkları kişiler. matematikçi olmayan, mühendis olmayan, öyle bir garip kalmış insanlar. öğrencilik hayatları boyunca "hangi bölümdesin" "istatistik" "eeeooo o ne be başka bölüm mü bulamadın" diyaloğuna maruz kalan yaşam formları.