“Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him . . . Never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” Thus writes 17th-Century Anglican priest and poet John Donne.
The tolling of the bell that Donne refers to “is the ring of a bell to announce a death”, a practice called the death knell.
The first half of the above quote is the beginning of Donne’s Meditation XVII. The second half of the quote appears later in Donne’s meditation.
Currently in the 2016 presidential race, it may be that she for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that she knows not it tolls for her – with that she and her being Hillary Clinton.
No, this isn’t about Clinton’s health. This is about Clinton’s presidential campaign.
On September 15, 2016, Real Clear Politics posted two charts that show Clinton’s drop in the polls, and Donald Trump’s rise.
A 09/15/16 CBS News story says, “With the first debate less than two weeks away, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a tight race for the presidency nationally. Clinton has just a 2-point edge in a two-way match-up among likely voters. The race is tied when third party candidates are included.”
A 09/14/16 USA Today story contains more bad news for Clinton:
The booking odds may still favor Clinton, but Trump still has an opportunity to pull ahead of Clinton enough to win.
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