To me carbuncle suggests much more than just pimples.
Welts would be more like it, or perhaps boils.
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From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 6:48 AM
Subject: Re: Narcissus's complexion
> Tom Colket wrote:
> > Tom Gray wrote:
> > > There seems to be an assumption that the connotation intended for
> > > carbuncular was that of having acne. Why could it not be the other
> > > connotation of being "diseased", "unhealthy", "dirty", ... ?
> > > It would seem to me to fit better.
> > In the facsimile edition of TWL (quoted below), "The Fire Sermon" has
> > additional lines about the young man carbuncular that were later
> > removed. One such line is "A youth of twentyone, spotted about the
> > face". So he has acne.
> You're using the lines selected against to establish what the lines
> ultimately selected mean. Why couldn't it be that the spotted about the
> face lines were excised in order to enrich the meaning of the lines kept?
> Ken A