Entitled "True Humility" the cartoon was originally published in the humorous British magazine Punch back in 1895. More on that in a sec.
Last year the Aurora Historical Society announced they were disposing of their assistant curator. A delightfully passionate and engaging individual who held both a BA in Classical Archaeology from Brock University and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.
This month The A.H.S. has lost their Manager/Curator.
With them for almost 4 years the enthusiastic, flexible and more than capable curator has jumped ship for a new post as a Cultural Development Coordinator with the City of Oshawa.
And who can blame her having recently been reduced from full-time to part-time employment.
The loss of organizational knowledge of not just one but both employees is significant and highlights the sad state of affairs the A.H.S. is in. Something it’s current and past board of directors staunchly refuses to acknowledge outwards.
This brings us back to du Maurier’s cartoon. Objective analysis and intuitive understanding of the depicted scenario is provided by way of this wikipedia entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curate’s_egg
"The humour derives from the fact that, given the social situation, the timid curate is so obsessively fearful of offending that he cannot even agree with his superior’s acknowledgement that he has served a bad egg, and thereby ends up looking absurd in his obsequiousness."
Not unlike a self-contained egg the Aurora Historical Society cannot be both partially spoiled and partially unspoiled.
In absence of true humility the Aurora Historical Society and members of its board of directors are long past their sell by date.