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GUEST,Joe_F Eppie Morie: What does it all mean? (62* d) RE: Eppie Morie: What does it all mean? 23 Aug 06


Jasmine: Your suggestion the Willie was impotent startled me. In an actual event it is certainly something that might have happened; but in the context of this story I think it is an unlikely interpretation. What would be the point of all the wrestling if he couldn't have deflowered her anyway? The lines "I'll fecht wi you till day" & "All through the nicht they warsled there" seem to me say clearly that she resisted force with force.

I had always imagined that "hired your hand" was a special idiom meaning "married you", but the OED records no such thing. In context I still think that's what it has to mean. Perhaps "hire" alludes to the dowry; but all the senses in the OED refer to *temporary* possession of someone or something, which seems out of place in referring to a marriage.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

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