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Wu Ting
How would you explain ‘blessings’ in the context? 18 January 1931, Feast of San Antonio The priest did the blessing of animals. The society ladies brought parrots and canaries to church, clutching the cages against brocaded bosoms, baby-speaking to their birds with bird-pursed lips. Or holding cats that wriggled violently, hopeful of eating a parrot. Or hairless escuincles that watched with big disapproving eyes popping out of their dog skulls. At the back of the church, villagers waited with goats and burros on ropes. After dogs and parrots were satisfactorily blessed, the farm women were allowed to lead their beasts down the aisle, all eyes upon the burro blessings dropped on the floor. How would you explain ‘blessings’ in the last sentence: …all eyes upon the burro blessings dropped on the floor? Does it mean dung of the burro? Thanks!
Feb 18, 2014 1:42 PM
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Gordon, This is a little difficult but I think you are right. The 'blessings' refers to the dung of the burro. The author uses the word 'blessings' in a funny way to contrast with the seriousness of the scene.
February 18, 2014
Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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English