Re: Upgrading the classics

Subject: Re: Upgrading the classics
From: Alun Whittaker <alun -at- CORTE-MADERA -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1993 09:50:53 PDT

Surely the presumption lies in:

A) Presuming to understand what Thoreau intended to say. It is at least
plausible that, in Thoreau's opinion, most of the women of Walden
lead lives of noisy elation.

B) Presuming that the female reader's comprehension was inadequate to
the task of understanding so well known an aphorism without the need
for elucidation. Is it really necessary to patronize "the gals" this

C) Presuming that the writer was adequate to the task of perfecting
Thoreau without benefit of a spelling checker.

D) Presuming that the critic is too busy (by the way, you seem to have a
sticky `o` key there) to "think about the way language influences our
perception of the people, events, and actions that surround us...".
Perhaps the critic believes that the influences of language are too
important to be endangered by casual paraphrasing and careless spelling.


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