[ilds] Fent

james Esposito giacomoesposito72 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 16:28:08 PST 2016

I think Mr Pine is correct: OED 5th edn 2002: "Fent: A short slit or
opening in a robe, esp the opening at the throat; a placket...L Durrell:
Rumours had begun to scuttle about the fents and warrens of the old town".
James Esposito

On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 1:28 AM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>

> My edition of the OED is the 2nd.  Under *fent* I don’t see Durrell
> listed.  *Vent* is listed as a variant of *fent.*  The quote from *Prospero’s
> Cell:*
> It is towards the hour of seven that, mellowed by the excellent wine of
> “The Partridge,” we cross the little cobbled square by the Church of the
> Saint, and seek our way through the alleys and fents of the Venetian town.
> I guess it’s possible to see *fent* (slit) as something metaphorically
> akin to an alley, but this seems farfetched.  Durrell does this, however,
> especially when “mellowed by the excellent wine?”  Maybe he’s looking for
> alliteration between *fent* and* Venetian.*
> Bruce
> On Feb 27, 2016, at 2:38 PM, William Apt <billyapt at gmail.com> wrote:
> I just finished reading that passage in Prospero not 15 minutes ago! But
> is it not possible that "fent" is merely an archaic spelling of "vent"?
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> On Feb 27, 2016, at 3:47 PM, mail at durrelllibrarycorfu.org wrote:
> 2 points: 1) thank you Bruce - I'd forgotten the title of that chapter of
> mine - "The End of Our Romantic Life" which I think sums up the fact that
> there WAS a "romantic life" - the interlude in Paris shared by LD, Nin and
> Miller, and also that, like any beauty or sense of the merveilleux or
> transcendence, it must come to an end - like a short-lived heraldic
> universe - brief butterfly.
> 2) as regards OED and LD - my favourite citation of LD in the OED is (and
> this is no doubt because I am resident here) his description of the narrow
> lanes of Corfu, which he calls "fents" - which the OED picks as the only
> use of that word with that meaning
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