Anatomy of Melancholy, Squids in Socks – Our style betrawes us.



I have been drawing more melancholic squids in socks. I don’t know why. I like them I guess. Sometimes I feel like a real squid of a person masquerading in human socks, maybe? Yeah I probably do, and I think Robert Burton did too. Anyways… here’s another drawing of a squid in socks that looks almost exactly like the last one.

I am trying to decide on which of my favorite quotes from The Anatomy of Melancholy Squid Socks pairs best with. So far, I think it’s this one:

It is most true, stylus virum arguit,—our style bewrayes us.

That’s from “Democritus to the Reader,” the crazed rant of an “introduction” to The Anatomy of Melancholy. I couldn’t find a clear answer on the Internet for this, but I’m pretty sure that “bewrayes” is old-timey for “betrays.”

Clearly I am still procrastinating on drawing this gross meaty meat section that I’m reading now. Melancholics had best be vegetarians.


This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.

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