Friday, March 28, 2008

305. Call to Hemingway

Yes Ben, of course, you are right. The Basques on the bus with the wine are in The Sun Also Rises. And, the word bota is used one time (so far) in the book. I was wrong to suggest otherwise. I am up to the part where Brett (Lady Ashley) seduces the handsome nineteen year old torero, then Cohn gets mad over it and fights everyone, and then leaves the next morning, while everyone else finally rolls out of their respective rooms to - do what? - have another beer. Just like in the Book of Genesis, "Evening came and morning followed." I've a few more chapters left before I put the little book away for a minute.

Meanwhile, back along the Left Bank of the Ohio River near Milepost 606, it was also wrong of me to suggest that Spring had actually sprung. Very early this morning (around 4:45 am), the temperature was in the 60s. Then came along a front, knocking 20 or more degrees of mercury off into oblivion, leaving us with less-than-Spring like weather. But the sun has shown through here and there and April will certainly be here soon.

So, here is another end-of-entry trivia question. Why is the picture on the left appropriate for today's entry? Be specific. It isn't just because of Hemingway's fondness for the Conch Republic.


Bridget M. Bush said...

Because the Marlin are running off Key West?

Here's a trivia question for you: what was Hemingway's favoite champaigne?

Benjamin X said...

My favorite passage from the book, "Women made such swell friends. Awfully swell. In the first place, you had to be in love with a woman to have a basis of friendship. I had been having Brett for a friend. I had not been thinking about her side of it. I had been getting something for nothing. That only delayed the presentation of the bill. The bill always came. That was one of the swell things you could count on."

I hate that the main dude can't slang the D to that Brett Ashley

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