If you do not know what writing is, you may think it is not especially difficult

If you do not know what writing is, you may think it is not especially difficult …. Let me tell you that it is an arduous task:  it destroys your eyesight, bends your spine, squeezes your stomach and your sides, pinches your lower back, and makes your whole body ache …. Like the sailor arriving at the port, so the writer rejoices at the last line.

Colophon of a 12th century religious manuscript from northern Spain

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