[ilds] RG Justine

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sat Jun 9 12:59:30 PDT 2007

Because they're smelly and like to cut a fart.  If you've ever marched in formation, you know this happens all the time, and the description is apt, goats too being a herd animal.


-----Original Message-----
>From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
>Sent: Jun 9, 2007 12:38 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: [ilds] RG Justine
>Douglas Bush, my dissertation director (or he would have been, but we 
>had "theses" rather than "dissertations") used to say that 
>similarities were less interesting that differences. I think I've 
>already made that comment, but it's still a good thought. The 
>similarities between Warner and Durrell simply tell us that Durrell 
>took material from Warner.
>But this is one of Durrell's additions to Warner: "Macedonian 
>slingers-of-the-line farting like goats." Warner has no farting 
>goats, nor no slingers-of-the-line.
>For some years after I first read this line, I had no idea what 
>Durrell meant by "farting like goats." But in 1964-1965 I had the 
>distinct pleasure of living next door to a herd of goats. A goat fart 
>sounds like a .22 rifle shot. Rather disconcerting the first time you 
>hear it from the adjoining field.
>But why do Durrell's slingers fart like goats?
>W. L. Godshalk		*
>Department of English         *
>University of Cincinnati            Stellar disorder  *
>Cincinnati OH 45221-0069      *

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