This week’s This or That:
Lending a book to a friend and having it returned damaged or not returned at all?
I’m going to have to go with option C.
There is a difference between a loan and a gift. When I loan a book out, it is with the understanding that, when the reader is finished, that book will be returned. In a similar condition. Just as, when I am lent a book, I try to take care of that book.
Now, sometimes, shit happens. You get caught in a rainstorm without your umbrella. Your coffee cup refuses to behave and spills all over your table, your carpet, and your borrowed book. Your kid decided the book made a better lunch than that peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Aliens descended from the sky to wreak havoc on the one item you really didn’t want them to mess with: the book you borrowed from your friend.
But when something happens to the book you borrowed from your friend, unless that book is out-of-print and/or nearly impossible to find, you buy your friend a nice new copy of that book.
And if that is either impossible or unfeasible, due to the particular book borrowed and pecuniary or other circumstances, then is there a point in returning it? Probably not. Blush and apologize profusely, and explain what happened to your friend.
Those are my two cents. What are your thoughts? Please let me know in the comments!