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The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0125  Friday, 21 January 2005

[1]     From:   Frank Whigham <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 09:48:30 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0112 The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors

[2]     From:   William Godshalk <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 14:20:21 -0500
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[3]     From:   Imtiaz Habib <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 21:55:08 -0500
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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 09:48:30 -0600
Subject: 16.0112 The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0112 The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors

 >My experience has been that the olfactory system rather quickly shuts
 >down after an initial contact with a particular scent, pleasant or
 >unpleasant. That's why if you have a faint whiff of something possibly
 >dangerous (natural gas or smoldering wood) you have to go outside for a
 >few seconds before returning to see if the scent is really what you
 >thought or some random false memory.

I'm sure Don Bloom is onto something here (cf. Horatio's comment on
gravedigger custom, though that's only partly a matter of the nose); I
also wonder about contrary examples such as the one I just read last
night in Cavendish's Life of Wolsey, who was given to going through
London with an orange refilled with vinegar at his nose; there is of
course Hotspur's notional pouncet-box. These are presumably style
statements to some degree, but totally so? Also, what about internal
sources of smell, such as bad teeth, the use of garlic and other
gum-analogues, etc.? The bodily history of stench and other Mary-Douglas
materials seems quite complex.

Frank Whigham

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From:           William Godshalk <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 14:20:21 -0500
Subject: 16.0112 The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0112 The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors

Actually, Don, horse shit (unlike bullshit) has a pleasant odor, and
what you refer to is called by some "olfactory fatigue." I was only
joking, as of course I thought you'd see. But I've heard that you could
smell London from 20 miles out -- and then you wouldn't.

Bill Godshalk

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From:           Imtiaz Habib <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Jan 2005 21:55:08 -0500
Subject: 16.0112 The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0112 The Renaissance Horse": A Call for Contributors

"Although it is some years since I spent any time in the "Third World,"
which still commonly maintains sewage systems similar to those of
Elizabethan London."

So, third worlds stink?? No wonder, then, that they are "third worlds?"
How wonderfully reassuring your/our complacency and self-righteousness
is!  George Bush has indeed reversed history.

Imtiaz Habib

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