All the Pretty Stones/Strange Disposition to Nastiness and Dirt

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  • 05 Nov 2013 at 8:15 pm #4542

    Glass
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    COUNSELOR: You like this stone.
    DEALER: I like that stone.
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    “That in some fields of his country there are certain shining stones of several colors whereof the Yahoos are violently fond; and when part of these stones is fixed in the earth, as sometimes happeneth, they will dig with their claws for whole days to get them out, then carry them away, and hide them by heaps in their kennels; but still looking around with great caution, for fear their comrades should find out their treasure.” (Gulliver’s Travels)
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    COUNSELOR: I dont want to give her a diamond so big she’d be afraid to wear it.
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    “My master further assured me, which I also observed myself, that in the fields where the shining stones abound the fiercest battles are fought, occasioned by perpetual inroads of the neighboring Yahoos. He said it was common, when two Yahoos discovered such a stone in a field and were contending which of them should be the proprietor, a third would take advantage and carry it away from them both.” (GT)
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    MALKINA: So how many carats are in it?
    LAURA: I dont know.
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    …”My master, continuing his discourse, said there was nothing that rendered the Yahoos more odious than their undisinguishing appetite to devour everything that came in their way…” (GT)
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    05 Nov 2013 at 8:27 pm #4543

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    Sometime later this week, perhaps, I hope to write a few notes on some other parallels between The Counselor and Gulliver’s Travels with emphasis on the scatological references in each work, or the “Excremental Vision” as Norman O. Brown famously put it in his great essay on Swift. William B. Spencer wrote a fine paper on McCarthy using Brown’s”Excremental Vision” phrase that is, as far as I know, unpublished but which I’ve read and need to read again after I find it in my McCarthy folders. I’ve been interested in the idea of sublimation as it relates to The Counselor and this inquiry led me to Brown, Gulliver’s Travels, stones, the excremental vision, etc.

    Meantime, please check out this wonderful Louis Rhead illustration of a Yahoo making off with a stone while two others fight: http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/Gullivers_Travels/pages/165_gullivers_travels.htm


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