[Spellyans] "Gwerryans an Planettys" dyllys gans Evertype

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Sun Apr 7 15:32:02 IST 2013


It is also pantheistic at least in places - as on the island where young
Portly is found.  The animals encounter Pan - but are then smitten with
amnesia.

 

-        Ken

 

From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of
Nicholas Williams
Sent: 07 April 2013 14:51
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] "Gwerryans an Planettys" dyllys gans Evertype

 

I knew about the Greenbank Hotel. Fowey as the Sea Rat's town is new to me.

The essence of the WitW is social class. Toad is gentry with more money than
sense.

Ratty is solid middle class and goes boating.

Mole is lower middle class as is clear from his underground house in the
chapter Dulce Domum.

The Badger is respectable working class and he talks like a police
constable. He uses learn for teach, a confusion which cannot be rendered in
Cornish.

The weasels are the less respectable working class who inhabit the Wild Wood
i.e. tenement buildings in a seedy part of town.

It is not an easy book to translate.

 

Nicholas

 

On 7 Apr 2013, at 14:38, Craig Weatherhill wrote:





It probably is, Jan, possibly the Fowey river.  The book was largely written
at the Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, and the town described by the Sea Rat is
Fowey.

 

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