3 comments on “Limerick #136

  1. Just for the record, the character’s name was chosen because I wanted a one-syllable color (to contrast with red) that could also be a last name. It has nothing to do with any real person. The subject was inspired by a scene in “Trouble dans les andains,” a book by Boris Vian, which I finished today. It does not relate to any real event.

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    • The text in question:

      A ce moment, une balle jaillit des profondeurs du fauteuil où le Major, depuis quelques minutes, semblait somnoler. Elle traversa l’œil gauche d’Adelphin et vint se loger dans le repli latéral du sphénoïde, paralysant complètement les croco-aryténoïdiens et privant complètement le comte de Beaumashin de l’usage de la parole. Comme il était mort, cela n’avait plus aucune importance.

      (Editions 10/18, p. 150)

      Rough translation:

      At that moment, a bullet burst forth from deep within the armchair where the Major seemed to have dozed off for a few minutes. It [the bullet] pierced Adelphin’s left eye and became lodged in the lateral fold of the sphenoid, completely paralyzing the cricoarytenoid* and completely depriving Count [Adelphin de] Beaumashin of speech. Since he was dead, this was no longer of any importance.

      * A muscle of the larynx that arises from the upper margin of the arch of the cricoid cartilage. Vian’s use of “croco” rather than “crico” is a play on words. Vian was fluent in English (Chapter XXI begins with three paragraphs written in English; Wikipedia: Vian’s financial situation had been steadily worsening since late 1948, and he was forced to take up translation of English-language literature and articles to get by.), and knew “croak” meant to die. Also, in French, a “croque-mort” is an undertaker.

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  2. This one had a real ‘pace’ when reading it. Very reminiscent of limericks of old, and a suitable anniversary classic!
    Good work David.
    Best wishes, and congratulations on your limerick anniversary. Pete.

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