[ilds] the purse

Richard Pine rpinecorfu at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 29 13:32:53 PST 2011

In my participation in the LD documentary in 1998 (BBC) I did suggest that 
'Cunegonde' was a play on 'Cune' = cunt and 'gonde' = french for 'hinge'. And 
yes, there is the Candide con(sic) nection but I didn't raise (sic) this in the 
tv prog. RP

----- Original Message ----
From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: "gifford at fdu.edu" <gifford at fdu.edu>; "ilds at lists.uvic.ca" 
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Subject: Re: [ilds] the purse

Congratulations!  RP did provide, I believe, an interesting etymology for 
Cunegonde, not of the "Candide" variety.  So at least three of us have dirty 
minds.  Durrell does encourage this kind of research.  I wonder if the women on 
this List would consider that misogyny or would dismiss it as male infantile 


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On Jan 29, 2011, at 10:27 AM, James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 29/01/11 8:37 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> I would swear that it was. So much for memory.
>>> On Jan 29, 2011, at 12:03 AM, Richard Pine wrote:
>>> Wasn't me! RP
>>>> On 28/01/11 11:20:13 AM, 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
> Alas, looking back at the listserv's records, I find that *I* said it: 
> Fri, 9 Jul 2003 17:08:36 -0400.  AJ French chimed in on this point as 
> well, and Bruce showed much interest.  My goodness we've been after 
> those purse strings for a long time!
> Still, "purse" was used by Elizabethans in this form, as Bill noted, and 
> it appears in the OED with this association.  I'm intrigued to note that 
> the word "purse" occurs repeatedly in relation to the mouth in /Pied 
> Piper/ and /Panic Spring/ (and no, not just pursing one's lips).  I 
> wonder if a collocation would turn up interesting patterns in this 
> regard across Durrell's works over time.
> Cheers,
> James
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