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Old Jun 24, 2004, 2:05 PM   #21
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Is it me or does that thumb look way to big for the rest of the hand? It's an interesting illusion to be sure.

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Haven't you ever read "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" by Tom Robbins? :-)
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 2:24 PM   #22
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Know the name of the book but never read it. What made you think of it in relation to Puck's comment?
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 2:44 PM   #23
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Well, a bit late to the party on this one (gee, things move fast on this forum), but I'll drink to this photo :-)

Very nice, Barbara. It really moves one's mood and would be a great backdrop to a table in a restaurant with the only lighting coming from gentle lights on the walls aimed up at the walls. It'd be a great place for a young man to propose to his future bride...
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 2:49 PM   #24
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Nice silhouette bcoultry. And that is no thumb, it's Alan's big toe. :O
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 3:28 PM   #25
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Thanks Geoff, who's into romance, and Ferny, who's stuck onbig toes. (Is this a version of Mutt and Jeff?)


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Old Jun 24, 2004, 3:40 PM   #26
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Very funny, Barbara

I know which half of the duo I am stuck being...
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 3:54 PM   #27
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The lines are from a poem, "The Rubaiyat,"written quite some time ago.

The Rubaiyat is not a single poem, but is rather a collection of verses written by or attributed to 'Umar Khayyam, the Persian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who lived from ca. 1048 - 1122.

A more famous quattrain is:

A Book of verses underneath the bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wlderness
O Wilderness were Paradise enow!

The original poem has been sometimes criticizedas aromantic's attempt to glorify debauchery
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 4:22 PM   #28
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The original poem has been sometimes criticized as a romantic's attempt to glorify debauchery
"Who is the Potter, pray, and who the Pot?"


I've never seen this quote in context, but I do so love it out of context because it can fit a number of circumstances, as it does here for those critics who worry about debauchery.
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Old Jun 24, 2004, 8:15 PM   #29
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Know the name of the book but never read it. What made you think of it in relation to Puck's comment?
The heroine in the book has an unusually large thumb that she uses to hitchhike. It was not as good as his Still Life With Woodpecker and I never saw the movie that came out. Threw the comment in, curious if anyone would recognize the book. :-)
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selvin wrote:
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The lines are from a poem, "The Rubaiyat,"written quite some time ago.

The Rubaiyat is not a single poem, but is rather a collection of verses written by or attributed to 'Umar Khayyam, the Persian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who lived from ca. 1048 - 1122.
Thank you - I have heard of him, tho I never would have gotten that spelling right. My mom talked of him when we were little. She talked of lots of things that I just took for her ramblings. Later in life I realize how well educated she is, and how she integrated her knowledge into us in little ways, every day. Thanks for sharing. :-)
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