January 12, 2006

That Reminds Me Of A Story . . .

After reading a comment somewhere in the blogosphere, I was reminded of a story from my youth. I'd say I was in the 9th or 10th grade and in my English literature class. We were reading Moby Dick. We had been discussing the book for several weeks as we were reading it in chapters. My best friend, at the time, was reading the book, I saw her read it, she asked me questions.

I must preface the remainder of this story with this short observation. My best friend was a cute, perky blonde.

Now, when we had finished reading Moby Dick the teacher asked various questions about symbols i.e. What did Queequeg's tattoos symbolize, how about the coffin, the Captain's lost limb, Ishmael's survival, etc. . . We discussed these kinds of questions in turn and finally the teacher asked:

"What is your impression of the fact that Moby Dick was a white whale, and describe what you think he symbolized." Now, that is a tall order to fill on any day, as the book is Moby Dick and the character symbolizes something different depending upon whose perspective you are speaking from.

My best friend, having participated in all of the discussions after having read the book exclaimed - with a genuine look of surprise upon her face - wait.for.it. (Check it out below the fold)


P.S. Go read the best Blonde Joke In The World?

Posted by Oddybobo at January 12, 2006 10:42 AM | TrackBack

Hahahahaha! :)

Posted by: Richmond at January 12, 2006 10:46 AM

Ha!! Good one!

Posted by: Sarah at January 12, 2006 11:02 AM

You are something else... Are you really blond?

Posted by: vw bug at January 12, 2006 11:53 AM

No way! She really said that?

Posted by: Kate at January 12, 2006 12:54 PM

I'm not deep enough to get symbolism... Thus, you mean it wasn't a whale?

Posted by: Contagion at January 12, 2006 02:28 PM

Oddy, you're dating yourself...they're not permitted to read stories filled with white, domineering males in school any more. It might warp them.

And perhaps your friend was reading into things just a little too much...

Posted by: Ogre at January 13, 2006 07:58 AM