[ilds] Names

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jan 28 13:33:50 PST 2011

Thanks.  That confirms the linkage.  It's amazing how saturated Durrell was in Renaissance English.  He probably dreamed in blank verse.


On Jan 28, 2011, at 1:26 PM, James Gifford wrote:

> Hi Bruce,
> Unless I'm mistaken, Durrell uses the "purse/scrotum" idea himself when 
> talking about Wilde and Shakespeare.  It's not in his UNESCO talks, but 
> I can't recall where...
> Best,
> James
> On 28/01/11 1:20 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> *Pursewarden.* Sometime ago, R. Pine, I believe, pointed out that
>> Ludwig's surname was a pun or allusion to the scrotum. Or maybe I just
>> have a dirty mind. Bill Godshalk can confirm this, either way. The OED,
>> however, cites "scrotum" as a Renaissance meaning of purse. Cf. Iago's
>> "Who steals my purse steals trash," where "purse," given Iago's lewd
>> mind, probably refers to more than coins.
>> *Mountolive.* New Testament "Mount of Olives," associated with Christ's
>> Passion and possibly the Garden of Gethsemane? Not clear how this
>> applies to Sir David, unless you want to argue that in the /Quartet/ the
>> ambassador has his own Passion or passions to deal with. This may be
>> Durrell being whimsical and irreverent. Still, a good name.
>> Bruce
>> On Jan 28, 2011, at 12:21 PM, Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
>>> Meta,
>>> thanks for news about the Villa Cleobolus, sad though it is. I have
>>> been able to find Larry's other houses on Google Earth, but not the
>>> one in Rhodes. insidently, a Greek friend of mine reckons that Rhodes
>>> is the most beautiful island in the world which certainly comes
>>> through in the Marine Venus.
>>> To the names in Dark Labyrinth, yes the names imply the characters
>>> Graecen - the graceful and mannered lord.
>>> Campion - Champion, the hero of the piece - the shit stirring artist
>>> rebel type
>>> Fearmax - the enigmatic, withdrawn magician (maximum fear)
>>> The Truman's - true, honest ordinary people who achieve a mountain
>>> utopia (Durrell's hearkening back to his Indian Himalayan experiences)
>>> etc etc
>>> we recall in 18th century English Lit characters like Squire Booby (a
>>> booby being an ignorant boor) or squire Weston, he from the west
>>> country, a land of rowdy, drunken cider drinkers, the lord be good to
>>> them.
>>> I also wonder about Quartet characters - Pursewarden for example
>>> (money guard) or Mountolive - who was Olive???
>>> David Green
>>> Terra Australis Incognito
>>> *From:*Meta Cerar <mailto:meta.cerar at guest.arnes.si>
>>> *Sent:*Friday, January 28, 2011 9:58 PM
>>> *To:*ilds at lists.uvic.ca <mailto:ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>>> *Subject:*Re: [ilds] What has happened to the ilds list
>>> Actually there are more »18th century« names in the Dark Labyrinth,
>>> like TRUMAN for example. What an appropriate name for someone who ends
>>> up on the Roof of the World, which I agree is one of the most
>>> magnificent chapters in Durrell's entire opus, as one of the list
>>> members wrote recently.
>>> If anyone on the list knows of an article concerning the Cefalu or
>>> Dark Labyrinth names, I would be greatly interested. I am currently
>>> translating Dark Labyrinth into Slovenian – to be published at the
>>> 100th anniversary of his birth (February 2012) – and would love to
>>> include this symbolism into the preface of the book.
>>> I would also be grateful for any information on reviews or articles on
>>> this particular book, which I greatly enjoy working on although L.D.
>>> dismissed it as a potboiler. I think there was an article in Deus Loci
>>> about Otto Rank's influence on D.L. If anyone happens to be familiar
>>> with it, please let me know if it's worth reading.
>>> BTW, I loved the photos from Bellapais. What a great location for a
>>> future Durrell conference! I followed the Durrell trail throughout the
>>> Meditterranean but haven't been to Cyprus yet. The Villa Cleobolus and
>>> the »Tree of idleness« in the old moslem graveyard in Rhodes are sadly
>>> neglected to my great disappointment.
>>> Looking forward to further commentaries on Dark Labyrinth,
>>> Meta Cerar,
>>> Slovenia
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>>> *From:*ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca
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>>> Behalf Of*Bruce Redwine
>>> *Sent:*Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:43 PM
>>> *To:*Denise Tart & David Green;ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>> <mailto:ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>>> *Subject:*Re: [ilds] What has happened to the ilds list
>>> Someone undoubtedly already has published an article on names in
>>> Cefalu, indeed throughout Durrell's fiction. My guess is that LD
>>> sometimes chose them as Shakespeare did his low-life characters:
>>> Mistress Quickly, Doll Tearsheet, Pistol, etc. People are their names.
>>> Doesn't Fearmax die of fright?
>>> Bruce
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Jan 27, 2011, at 11:59 AM, "Denise Tart & David Green"
>>> <dtart at bigpond.net.au <mailto:dtart at bigpond.net.au>> wrote:
>>>> I especially recommend the early chapter in Tunc describing Caradoc's
>>>> drunken speech in front of the Parthenon. Grove
>>>> It is probably fitting that I make a detailed literary analysis of
>>>> Caradoc's speech - already seeing Durrell's juxtaposition of northern
>>>> Celtic Caradoc and the souther classical Parthenon.
>>>> btw, has anyone studied Durrell's names? I was very intrigued by them
>>>> when reading Dark Labyrinth recently; Fearmax, Graecen - there
>>>> something 18th century about it.
>>>> David
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