Date of Award

Spring 2020

Presentation Date


Document Type

Senior Essay

First Advisor

Felicia Martinez


“But when they were not arguing, their boredom became so oppressive that one day the old woman was driven to say, 'I'd like to know which is worse: to be raped a hundred times by pirates, to have one buttock cut off, to run the gauntlet in the Bulgar army, to be whipped and hanged in an auto-da-fé, to be dissected, to be a galley slave—in short, to suffer all the miseries we've all gone through—or to stay here doing nothing.'"

To find out which is worse - suffering life's worst vicissitudes or living a life where nothing happens - read this thesis. There may be a silver lining involving leisure and cultivating your garden.