She discovered that memorization (“by-hearting,” as Matron called it) was of no help to her at the bedside, where she struggled to distinguish the trivial from the life threatening.
In 1909, Emperor Menelik had imported an electric chair, having heard the invention would efficiently get rid of his enemies. When he discovered it needed electricity, he simply used it as a throne.
It is an axiom of motorcycling that you must always look in the direction you want to go and never at what you are trying to avoid.