[ilds] [RG 2003 Justine 2]

James Gifford gifford at ualberta.ca
Fri Apr 6 13:26:05 PDT 2007

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From: AJ French
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 14:18:05 -0400
Subject: [ILDS] ILDS:  Discussion Group--AQ.  Redwine.

Yes, the etymologies help, esp. re "purse."   Thanks, A. J. French.   The
delightful quote from Clea pretty much seals it, Durrell's association of
purse with female sexuality.   As for "Ludwig," the OHG also fits
personality, his combative nature, although I wonder if LD knew this.
Pursewarden say somewhere in AlQ, when filling out a bureaucratic form,
"Protestant, purely in the sense I protest."

Bruce Redwine

In a message dated 7/17/03 6:30:59 PM, lillios at pegasus.cc.ucf.edu writes:

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> Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 10:33:09 +0200
> From: A.J.French & Christine B. <ajf-cb at t-online.de>
> To: Anna Lillios <lillios at pegasus.cc.ucf.edu>
> Subject: Re: [ILDS] ILDS:  Discussion Group--AQ
> re: purse
> purse comes from the greek "búrsa", which meant 'skin' or 'leather'
> and was used for 'wineskin' and 'bag'. This lead to the Latin "bursa"
> which is actually the origin of the Gaelic word "sporan" (which is
> what the Scots wear in front of their kilts) -- source: Ayto, J.,
> "Dictionary of Word Origins", Bloomsbury
> For it to be used to mean scrotum (which is a pouch or sac) makes
> logical sense.
> LD uses it when he sees the girl Justine diving for tangerines on the
> island (in _CLEA_: "the glimmer of the little white purse between her
> legs") which I think is a delightful, precise and poetic description.
> Not sure if this helps, but Ludwig comes from Old high German "hlut"
> = loud or well-known and "wig" = fight

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