[ilds] ankle-deep

Godshalk, William (godshawl) godshawl at ucmail.uc.edu
Wed May 5 16:16:43 PDT 2010


I'm ankle-deep in this metaphor?  Or perhaps not a metaphor?

W. L. Godshalk *
Department of English    *           *
University of Cincinnati*   * Stellar Disorder  *
OH 45221-0069 *  *
From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of Charles Sligh [Charles-Sligh at utc.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 6:00 PM
To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
Cc: Bruce Redwine; gifford at fdu.edu
Subject: Re: [ilds] Ankles

Bruce Redwine wrote:
> James,
> The recurrent "ankle" image, which you've noted before, could you elaborate and give references?  I missed that in my readings.
I have a feeling that James is alluding to a Durrell book that you and I
and so many others here do not know as well as he does--/Pied Piper of

(I see Jamie's email posted just now has already remedied the situation.)

Fortunately, James has produced an edition to help us catch up.

Helpfully, we can search for the term "ankle" in his edition online:


And as you and I do know, Bruce, Homer's lasses had the best ankles of
all time--"slim-ankled," "lovely-ankled," "fair-ankled," "neat-ankled,"
"white-ankled," "taper-ankled," &c.

You really cannot improve on Homer's epithets.



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

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