[LMB] Penric's Mission Typos--Pronk (and OT reminiscence)

Lois Aleta Fundis loisaletafundis at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 02:31:44 GMT 2016

This is the opposite -- maybe you could call it an anti-typo -- but I was
strangely happy to see the word "solider" in its actual meaning, and NOT as
a typo for "soldier."  That occurs way too often for my taste.

On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 1:34 AM, A. Marina Fournier <saffronrose at me.com>

> On Nov 06, 2016, at 02:06 PM, Lois Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
>> But some do catch obscure things often enough, I look at them all.
>>> Pronged for pronked is currently on my hit list.
> I don't think I've ever encountered that word. However, I did have a
> French Lit prof named Leonard Pronko. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Pronko
> In 1970 ( think I took his class in '72/3), he was the first non-Japanese
> to study at the Kabuki Training Program at the National Theatre of Japan. I
> had never seen kabuki before one of his productions, but I recall him
> talking about it (in French? don't recall), about men playing women's roles
> (same issue as for women in theater in the West for many centuries,
> beginning in the mid-1600's) and how to portray the difference, the
> fragrance of a freshly peeled orange by an old woman in the audience while
> he was waiting on the hanamichi (a walkway which is sometimes its own
> stage) to enter onto the stage. He had ears like President Obama, a true
> European honker of a nose, and didn't meet the standard of male beauty. He
> would often wear a black turtleneck under a Black Watch blazer/jacket,
> possibly the origin of my fondness for that tartan.. Once he began to
> speak, all that was forgotten, as the sound, the cadence, and his choice of
> words mesmerized the class or audience. Because of his eloquence regarding
> the legendary far-reqaching Breton forest of Brocéliande, its tiny remnant
> now called Paimpont, and his description of Merlin's Well /Fontaine de
> Barenton) therein, where one could call up storms by sprinkling water from
> the fountain on the Step, I made a pilgrimage (with the help of two
> hitchhiking Walloon librarians) to it. It was a hot and muggy day, and I
> must have attracted all sorts of biting insects, as I saw the spots on my
> face and arms just before boarding the ferry back to Plymouth a couple of
> days later.
> Marina
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