I don’t blame them either. A delightful recollection of a sensible ursine response to the outrage of war in their habitat. See another lovely account from the same book, of monster lobsters.

“Last year, when the hard fighting was going on up there” he pointed to the surrounding peaks, “the bears all moved down into the valleys and villages.  You met them everywhere.  They couldn’t stand the noise, and I don’t blame them.” 

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 303

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