With the young men there seemed almost always some matter of diversion or business on hand that afforded a constant variety of enjoyment
. But whether fishing, or carving canoes, or polishing their ornaments, never was there exhibited the least sign of strife or contention among them.
My natural fondness for the music which she played with such tender feeling, such delicate womanly taste, and her natural enjoyment
of giving me back, by the practice of her art, the pleasure which I had offered to her by the practice of mine, only wove another tie which drew us closer and closer to one another.
Well, sir, the time must come when you will be paid for all this, when you will have little labour and great enjoyment."
"My first enjoyment," replied John Knightley, as they passed through the sweepgate, "will be to find myself safe at Hartfield again."
"A Tongueless Nightingale": The Enjoyments of Deferral
Proposing a romance that breaks out of the courtly love tradition, the poem undermines the kind of enjoyment associated with consumption.
In other words, not only is the superegoic law motivated by an obscene enjoyment, but we also enjoy the spectacle of the transformation of neutral, public law into this obscene, prying, gossipy law--we enjoy seeing the superego frantically put to work, and watching its attempts to police enjoyment be turned into obscene spectacles for our own idiotic enjoyment (one might think of a television show such as Cops, or the endless series of faux courtroom shows, such as Judge Judy, all using the apparently neutral and impersonal structures of law in order to reveal intimate enjoyments and revel in the humiliating spectacle that results).
Agilulfo is the superego, the pure force of the law; the knights cannot make him relax, "take it easy," or engage in the petty sadistic enjoyments of bureaucracy.
Pleasure takes many forms and this collection addresses several enjoyments
of mind, body, and soul.
"Nonvoting is the way many contented people express passive consent to current conditions," George Will wrote, adding cozily: "In a free and constitutional society, elections are of limited importance because life's basic enjoyments are not at risk."
But there is a huge section of the public that is not contented, and that does not feel so secure about obtaining life's basic enjoyments. Those who do not vote are disproportionately poor.