What I think is that you are astonishingly rude and astonishingly
concerned about what I say. It is not mutual.
On 4 Dec 2003, at 13:10, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> At 06:24 PM 12/3/2003 -0500, Nancy Gish wrote:
> >Oh don't be silly.
> Hope springs eternal.
> > I just finished my third book on Eliot (this one co-
> >edited). No one spends a life doing that out of animus.
> > If you can't make a point, why blether?
> Making a point to you, Nancy, is no easy proposition. If you have no
> animus for Eliot, no one does. The number of books under your belt does not
> attest to your attitude toward your subject. Critics have no animosity
> toward their subjects or they wouldn't bother? Is there anyone so naive as
> to accept this for writ?
> >Katherine Anne Porter, like everyone before the necessary research
> >on language, was taught that "man" and "he" were grammatically
> >correct terms for the third person. Everyone else was taught the
> >same. It happens to be nonsense.
> That it is nonsense is beside the point. The point is, if I were to
> continually harp on KAP for what "Everyone else was taught" and commonly
> used, it would rightly appear, wouldn't it, that I had it in for KAP. Why
> constantly be correcting her for what everyone did? Why step on Eliot every
> chance you get for what everyone else did? It has nothing to do with your
> handy summary of how "he" came to be used for third person everyone. That
> is a red herring by which you evaded my question. Why? Because when someone
> disagrees with you, it must be because they are wrong?
> . If you know
> >nothing about it (as your comment suggests), why carp?
> > it is pointless to respond courteously to trolling and
> However, it is your practice to carp and snipe at Eliot and then to take
> offense when anyone points it out. I can only disagree with you, you
> imply, if I "know nothing about it." If you are unable to admit or see
> any of this, then the only point in responding is to open better
> possibilities for others. Did you think at all about the suggestion
> regarding artistic expression?
> Ken A.