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09:24 am: Overheard at the Wright Household

Last night, we were reading Dr. Seuss's If I Ran The Circus. We had just reached the part where the knights 'noble apes without fear' and the following conversation ensued:

Juss: "The things in this book are impossible. Whoever heard of boxing glove spears."

Mommy: "Er...actually, that's the only thing in this book tha is possible."

Juss: "Oh."

This morning, he's still running around laughing about this and crying out: "Sir Hector, Sir Vector, Sir Bobbin, Sir Beers!"




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From:jordan179
Date:April 25th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Juss: "The things in this book are impossible. Whoever heard of boxing glove spears."

Mommy: "Er...actually, that's the only thing in this book tha is possible."


Ironically, an hour before I read this I was reading a scene in Barry Sadler's Morituri, a novel about a gladiator, set in the Early Roman Empire, which included a gruesome description of how "pugilarii" (gladitorial boxers) fought, with lead-weighted, spike-knuckled gloves. Ouch.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 26th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Ouch indeed!

I won't mention that to Justinian just yet.
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From:jordan179
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Analyzing my own reaction to it, it occurred to me that the reason why I'm more horrified by pugilists with cestari than the many explicit scenes of death by sword, spear etc. in that book is that I've never been in a sword-fight or batle with spears, but I have been in fist-fights, and it is thus easier for me to imagine how horrible a fist-fight would be with weighted spiked gloves, than it is for me to imagine fighting with actual military melee weapons.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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It's similar to how people are not afraid of swords nowadays...but they used to be.
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From:superversive
Date:April 26th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yes.

One of the most fearsome stories told about the emperor Tiberius (it occurs, I believe, in Suetonius) is that he once killed an army buddy in a friendly boxing match — without the gloves.
From:geeklady
Date:April 25th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
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That's my favorite Seuss book, but it seems impossible to find in bookstore these days...
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