A Madman´s Diary



I recently picked up a book that I had not read for many years. It is called A Madman’s Diary by Lu Xun. I have a translated copy. It is an interesting book and one which is rather relevant but that is not the purpose of mentioning it.

It was, as I was leafing through to find a particular section, the place where a piece of neatly folded paper slipped from the pages of the book and nestled on the floor.

Interested by this runaway piece of paper I set the book down and stooped to pick up the piece that lay beneath me. The paper was cream and of a decent weight and I smiled as I recognised where it had come from. It was the only thing that she had in common with my mother but she also knew the value of writing on a quality piece of paper.

I unfolded it and there was my confirmation of the author as her neat, copperplate writing spread out before me. She always wrote with a fountain pen, a Mont Blanc and she kept a pot of ink at my house as she preferred to draw the ink from the pot into the pen rather than use the cartridges.

I used to enjoy watching her as she carefully applied the nib to the dark liquid and then applied the mechanism to draw it up before cleaning off the oozing nib with a piece of blotting paper which soon became stained in a way not unlike the cover of the book which I had just put to one side.

She used to hold up the blotting paper and invite me to comment on what I saw. I played along, since Rorschach was familiar to me. I always invented something spectacular though so she would comment and do so with her eyes with impressed admiration.

“I see a lion eating out a bison from behind,” I would say slowly and she would twist the blotting paper and peer at it to see if she accorded with my view.

“I see a crow stuck in the branches of a tree.”

“I see a dented crown.”

“I see a conflagration about a baby.”

“I see dumb people.”

Each time she filled her elegant writing instrument we would have this little game of me looking at the blotting paper, with its splodges, dots and streaks and without very little hesitation declare some imaginary image which left her both intrigued and confused.

It must have been some time since I had last recalled us doing this together as her memory would rarely ever invade my consciousness and it would take something like this to restore that which had once been. I shoved it back into the depths of my memory where it was best kept.

Thus I turned to the letter and read its contents. It was her last letter to me. I think that is why I placed it in this book since I had been reading it at the time and I decided to use her letter as a bookmark rather than place it with all the others that I have received. This is what she wrote:-

“My dearest HG,

This is not some lengthy treatise. We have spoken for as long and as often as we could already and there is no need for repetition. I know I have offended you most gravely and  that is something I have never intended nor wished upon your gracious self. You have taught me many things and you set me higher than anyone else and for that you will always have my thanks and eternal gratitude.

You truly are a prince amongst men and you always showed the grace of princes whenever you dealt with me. I think, more than anything else that it was your nobility, both in standing and purpose that drew me to you the closest. Even when you became both base and abominable you still exacted that majesty for which I have always loved you and I can only look to my own failings as to why you did as you did.

I have issued a thousand sorrows for that which I did not do and that which I did not say. I offered you everything that I had but it was not enough and I remain ashamed of my failure, it is not something I often encounter.

I think of you often and that will never change, I am sure of that. I remain willing to help you overcome those obstacles. I still regard them as surmountable and I am saddened that time was against us in terms of addressing them, but I remain hopeful that somehow we shall do so, in whatever form we decide and I will be by your side come what may.

I will take this time you have designated as a sabbatical from you and I as one for reflection and improvement, you know how I am. Thank you for once again for our time in the sun, I know you have described it as no more than a howling wilderness and I would be lying if I said that such a description does not upset me.

For me, it remains a place of safety and sanctuary and I firmly believe we can achieve it once again, should you decide to give me a further chance. I shall respect your request and not contact you again but I remain always open and amenable to you reaching out to me and indeed I would welcome it. All I ask now is for your forgiveness in the full knowledge that I deserve none.

Eternal love


As I read the letter once again a show reel of images filtered through my mind. Memories re-surfaced some of them not having been resurrected before. I felt those shared memories and those shared occasions stir something once again.

In accordance with the recent instruction I have received I allowed this to wash over me, rather than reject it and lock it away again. The sensation flowed over me and it was familiar to me.  I recognised all those traits that had caused me to seek her out all that time ago. I recognised the feeling of the fuel that flowed from her.

That was what I felt. This piece of correspondence, elegantly written and delicately composed encapsulated the powerful allure that we possess. I need not detail what I put her through once the golden period ended. You have you own experiences of that to draw on which will allow you to comprehend the brutality that such denigration exacted on someone who could write in such terms.

Notwithstanding the cruelty and malice, her charity remained undiminished and stood as testament to the very things that I saw when our paths first crossed. This letter indeed reinforced what I knew. I was right. I folded it up and returned it to its rightful and appropriate place in the folds of the book once again, sealing it inside, placing her back in her tomb.

22 thoughts on “A Madman´s Diary

  1. lisk says:

    I wrote one or two emails with similar sentiments, full of charity, self-blame and apologies for things I did not do.

    He doesn’t know that I take it all back.

    He will never know. And I am fine with that.

    1. Violetta says:

      I wrote him a letter in which I said everybody knew that he was living in his parents’ basement and lying about it. One time he started an anecdote with “My, uh, the guy I pay my rent to….” I said in the letter, “Your, uh, landlord, or your, uh, dad?”

      Still fuel, alas.

    2. Norma Jean says:

      Ah… letter writing. So sad that it’s a lost art.
      The sentiment is lost on society today, as the tech indifference creeps all around us.

      1. Violetta says:

        Well, technically I did it on a word processor and printed it out, but I did put it in an envelope rather than emailing it.

  2. Violetta says:

    As White Town put it, I could never be your woman.

    A good video for victims of narcs to watch, by the way.

  3. njfilly says:

    Who is C? I assume she is represented in the Asylum of the Grotesque?

    So when you allowed those shared memories to wash over you all you felt was the recognition of the fuel she had once provided? Did you miss her fuel?

    This was very sad, as most of what you write is.

    Thank you for sharing it, though.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      C is Caroline. Yes she is represented there.

      Correct. No, I do not as there is no gap in the fuel matrix that she needs to fill.

      You are welcome.

      1. Stella SHELF Unmaskers says:

        So the girl mentioned here is Caroline…I didn’t understand you were talking about her. I read in other articles she’s been a quite important source for you

      2. njfilly says:

        Am I correct that Asylum of the Grotesque is a book you are writing and not just the article of the same name? Do you have an estimation date for it’s completion? Thank you for your response.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          1. Yes.
          2. No.

  4. Kimberly says:

    I read a book called the Risk of Us. Bestseller now. It’s about a little girl who comes from an extremely abusive home and is adopted by a couple without kids. The girl is a narcissist… she is always furious, rages, violent, no empathy, no trust, triangulates, manipulates manipulates, manipulates, mimics love and says it but no concept of its meaning, jealous, controlling. She feels she is “ special” lol compared to her inferior classmates. And for two long hard years or so several therapists work with the couple. The goal is to create identity then connect mom and daughter. No clue what that means. Dad can’t cope with the little monster and leaves. Mom
    About gives up but then…. transformation. She begins to empaths size, to trust , to love. Like with any “ dis order” it seems if it is caught young enough … change is possible. Thanks to HG when I read a book, watch a movie ( I.e. the Joker) and hopefully pick the next mate. I see YOU. Lol DSM charts don’t do. HG is the best. Have you thought about the age of the subject in narcissist treatment HG?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I have but it is extremely unlikely that the narcissism is recognised at a point before it is completed and thus treatment is futile.

  5. Stella SHELF Unmaskers says:

    I’ve got a question for you HG. Why did you decide not to hoover that girl since she entered in your 6th sphere of influencer?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      The Hoover Execution Criteria were not met.

      1. Stella SHELF Unmaskers says:

        And can you explain rationally why they weren’t met? Or it’s completely unconscious for you? I’m curious about these dynamics

        1. HG Tudor says:

          No, I know why they are not met. Most narcissists of course, being Lesser or Mid Range, do not know why the HEC are not met, they just do not hoover (they may trot out some explanation as to why they have not contacted somebody, but it will not be the genuine reason why, it will be an alternative driven by their narcissism).

          1. Stella SHELF Unmaskers says:

            Well, i thought that you being a Greater, should know why they are not met. However it’s not very important, when I made you that question I was wondering why my narc hadn’t hoovered me yet, but now the situation has changed. I found that since I was discarded (disengaged from) he has been mantaining control over me all the time using fake profiles facebook by pretending to be a victim of his (the DLS) that most probably doesn’t exist, and by interacting with me by message. I’m not completely sure that it is the case, but many details of these interactions remind me to him, and moreover I was told certain things that only my narc could know. Of course, if this is the case it’s a malign hoover, and I don’t think anymore he is a Mid-Range, but a Greater because he’s employing a lot of energy to roll out this campaign, with me and with other victims. What can you tell me about these forms of hoovering? Are they usual for your kind?

          2. HG Tudor says:

            I do know. I said yes.

            Fake profiles on Facebook is something a Mid Range Narcissist would utilise, it is not difficult to do.

          3. Stella SHELF Unmaskers says:

            Sorry, I had misuderstood your response. Now i’ve read it better.

            Thank you for your opinion

  6. Renarde says:

    I’ve just read this and I’m not entirely sure how to respond. I will say it made me chortle!

    You are so posh, HG! My mother used to write letters on Basildon Bond. With a Bic. What was achingly funny is that my ma used to mouth the words out as she wrote. Indeed, my own mother (not of your mothers’ school of course) used to read like that. She had to mouth the words out. It did not matter if it was the milkman’s bill (steady) or a biography of Jennie Churchill. She had to use her finger. I know.

    She had found the above mentioned tome at her parents. Ever so pleased she was when she finished it. Couldn’t stop banging on about it. Jennie this and Jennie that. I’ve never seen her read a book before that wasn’t filled with recipes.

    Many years later I learned about Jennie. What a card. Ma had read 500 pages of utter piffle.

    It was probably around this time that I realised that the way I read is unusual. I can see a paragraph at a glance and get the meaning. Handy skill, eh? Lessers have to read every single fucking word. How do they cope? It must take up so much time? Single tracks eh?

    Funnily enough I do have an interesting story about ink. For reasons which I do not fully understand, a full bottle of Quink was left open on Ma’s dressing room table. Cat knocked it off and it fell PRECISELY into my recently deceased Grandmas’s shoe. Promptly ruining them but not a drop was spilled on the carpet.

    I don’t get missives from my mother. She once sent me eight pages of her talking about her childhood. Was very interesting actually except she referred to herself in the third person. Most discombobulating. Perfectly typed though. Her only skill apart from creating mischief.

    If an original thought ever entered her brain I’d shoot myself. Her semi-latest wheeze is to copy out an encyclopedia. Like she’s some kind of scriptorium. FFS.

    PN is intelligent. Why on EARTH did he couple with an eighth-wit?

  7. ThePolicyOfTruth says:

    Have you ever hoovered her? (Or do you intend to?)

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I have.

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