Sunday, November 08, 2015

Snow White?

Lips Red as Blood?
Illustration by Franz J├╝ttner

Once upon a time - when tigers smoked, as Koreans insist in their fairy tales - I read the following lines:
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little girl whose hair was dark as night, whose skin was white as snow, and whose lips were red as blood. They called her . . . "Bloody Lips!"
Okay, actually, they called her "Snow White," but they might have called her "Dark Hair" or even "Bloody Lips," if they'd acknowledged one or the other of the remaining two possibilities.

Suppose they'd called her one of the other two names. "Dark Hair," for instance. Such darkness could have led to a religious reading of the text.

But the "Bloody Lips"? That would be a vampire reading hidden in the wings, just waiting to pounce . . .



At 3:53 PM, Blogger Dario Rivarossa said...

In fact, there was more consistency in this joke:
"What's the name of the green animal that feeds on stones? -- The Green Stone-Eater."

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'll keep that in mind for similar circumstances.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:44 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

A related conundrum: See the illustration facing the title page in Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5...

At 5:57 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

As soon as the text arrives . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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