[ilds] Ankles

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Wed May 5 15:10:57 PDT 2010

Charles Sligh wrote:
> You really cannot improve on Homer's epithets.
But you can borrow them:

>         She did it up all by herself and what joy was hers when she
>         tried it on then, smiling at the lovely reflection which the
>         mirror gave back to her! And when she put it on the waterjug
>         to keep the shape she knew that that would take the shine out
>         of some people she knew. Her shoes were the newest thing in
>         footwear (Edy Boardman prided herself that she was very PETITE
>         but she never had a foot like Gerty MacDowell, a five, and
>         never would ash, oak or elm) with patent toecaps and just one
>         smart buckle over her higharched instep. Her wellturned ankle
>         displayed its perfect proportions beneath her skirt and just
>         the proper amount and no more of her shapely limbs encased in
>         finespun hose with highspliced heels and wide garter tops. As
>         for undies they were Gerty's chief care and who that knows the
>         fluttering hopes and fears of sweet seventeen (though Gerty
>         would never see seventeen again) can find it in his heart to
>         blame her? She had four dinky sets with awfully pretty
>         stitchery, three garments and nighties extra, and each set
>         slotted with different coloured ribbons, rosepink, pale blue,
>         mauve and peagreen, and she aired them herself and blued them
>         when they came home from the wash and ironed them and she had
>         a brickbat to keep the iron on because she wouldn't trust
>         those washerwomen as far as she'd see them scorching the
>         things. She was wearing the blue for luck, hoping against
>         hope, her own colour and lucky too for a bride to have a bit
>         of blue somewhere on her because the green she wore that day
>         week brought grief because his father brought him in to study
>         for the intermediate exhibition and because she thought
>         perhaps he might be out because when she was dressing that
>         morning she nearly slipped up the old pair on her inside out
>         and that was for luck and lovers' meeting if you put those
>         things on inside out or if they got untied that he was
>         thinking about you so long as it wasn't of a Friday.

Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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