Thursday, September 24, 2009

Steinbeck says...

“We find after reading many scientific and semi-scientific accounts of exploration that we have two strong prejudices: the first of these arises where there is a woman aboard -- the wife of one the members of the party. She is never called by her name or referred to as an equal. In the account she emerges as ”the shipmate,“ the ”skipper,“ the ”pal.“ She is nearly always a stringy blonde with leathery skin who is included in all photographs to give them ”interest.“ Our second prejudice concerns a hysteria of love which manifests itself in an outcry against parting and is usually written in Spanish. This outburst comes at the end of the book. It goes, ”And so--------.“ Always, ”and so,“ for some reason. ”And so we said good-by to Tiburon, vowing to come back again. Adios, Tiburon, amigo, friend.“ For some reason this stringy shipmate and this rush of emotion are slightly obscene to us. And so we said good-by to Tiburon and trucked on down toward Guayamas.”

The Log From the Sea of Cortez
John Steinbeck

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