Re: [mythsoc] Philip Pullman article
- In a message dated 3/5/01 6:17:53 PM Central Standard Time,
> What was Lewis thinking of when he described Eustace's parents' "specialI'd always thought it meant Jaeger, but this seems a bit early in date:
> underwear": does anyone know?
"A must for those 'in the know' in the 1880s was Dr. Gustav Jaeger's sanitary
woolen clothing that was said to be the most healthy kind in all
It was believed that in hot weather, wool was cooler than any other material
since it didn't conduct the heat of the atmosphere to the body. These
garments became popular initially among the intellectual circles. "
Still, i think Jaeger knits hung on and were known much later... but this is
an impression I can't substantiate other than from vague memory. I think
George Bernard Shaw wore and recommended them. Harold and Alberta seem very
like Shaw -- in everything but genius.
Must honorably say that I know some very nice vegetarians who =aren't=
fascists: your wife for one, David; my daughter-in-law for another.
Since no one has ventured a guess - the quote condemning Lewis is (I am told)
taken from Alan Garner, author of WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN, MOON OF GOMRATH,
THE OWL SERVICE and several other books for young people.
- In a message dated 3/10/01 12:56:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, Stolzi@...
<< Must today's children be protected from Lewis'
evils? Or should the first chapter be revised to say simply that "Eustace's
parents were rather disagreeable people" - as DR DOOLITTLE has (in my view
rightly) been rewritten in certain parts, as PL Travers rewrote a bothersome
chapter of MARY POPPINS? >>
It's possible to take a middle position. It's possible to think a writer is
good and to agree with him on many things and yet to disagree with him on
others, while not finding it necessary to tell children that they should
ignore certain points in the book. I give all my nieces and nephews a copy
of the Chronicles of Narnia. I agree with much of Lewis said, but I think
that (like anyone else) he was incorrect on a few issues. I don't find it
necessary to include an "errata" list of wrong ideas in Lewis's books (or
anyone else's books I give as presents). I think that my nieces and nephews
are already learning the lesson that they should read a lot of books and
think for themselves about the issues involved.