By Norman Rush
Whether or not they are americans, Brits, or a obdurate and suicidally ethical Dutchman, Norman Rush's whites should not definite why they're in Botswana. Their uncertainty makes them do strange issues.
Driven half-mad through the barking of his neighbor's canine, Carl dips timidly into local witchcraft—only to leap again out on the worst attainable second. Ione promptly pursues a profession as a "seducer" ("A seductress was once simply somebody who used to be seductive and who could or may not be offered a victory. yet a seducer was once a professional"), whereas her dentist husband fends off the beneficiant advances of an African prepare dinner.
Funny, unhappy, and deeply figuring out, polished all through to a diamond glitter, Whites is a powerful selection of tales.
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The rectos of ff. 1 and 2 were given an additional single horizontal rule at the foot and a double one at the head, but only the second of these pages was called into use for the table of contents. At the time scribe A compiled the bulk of this table, at a single sitting, the collection was for the most part complete and he must have known that a single page would suffice. Only the unnumbered ballad (no. 10B), 'Another of R H & the Pinder', is not given a separate entry. The titles of the last two ballads Page xxv Plate 2.
Not only the order of the garland texts is changed: only four of the Forresters texts are clearly taken from a garland (the last four come from the 1670 version): of the other twelve ballads which correspond with the garland contents, only numbers 13, Robin Hood and the Begger and 15, Robin Hood and Will Scathlock have any textual links, and those uncertainly, with the garlands. They and the other ten Forresters ballads that appear in the two early garlands often closely resemble the separately sold printed sheets known as broadsides: these textual connections are discussed in the Introduction to each ballad.
Acknowledgement is made to the Bodleian Library for permission to reproduce the cover illustration and to the British Library for permission to print the text of the ballads from the manuscript in their possession, and to reproduce Plates 1 and 2. STEPHEN KNIGHT UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF Page xi General Introduction Contents The Forresters manuscript contains twenty-two ballads that are numbered on the manuscript's table of contents from 1 to 21 (see Plate 1): there are two versions of Robin Hood and the Pinder of Wakefield, here numbered 10A and 10B.
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