2011年10月4日 星期二

Sartor Resartus

It feels like impudence to review a show whose protagonist staunchly affirms the irrelevance of the theatre critic. We are, so Dr Samuel Johnson tells us, merely ‘a species of dung beetle... [each] a fellow who makes himself fat upon other men’s droppings’. But it’s hard to imagine that A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson – a light, humane stroll through Johnson’s life and writings – will be feeling any harsh stings from critics, dung beetle or no dung beetle.

dung
(dŭng) pronunciation
n.
    1. The excrement of animals.
    2. Manure.
  1. Something foul or abhorrent.
tr.v., dunged, dung·ing, dungs.
To fertilize (land) with manure.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

dungy dung'y adj.



dung beetle
n.
Any of various beetles of the family Scarabaeidae that form balls of dung on which they feed and in which they lay their eggs.




sartorial

(sär-tôr'ē-əl, -tōr'-) pronunciation
adj.
Of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing: sartorial elegance.

[From Late Latin sartor, tailor. See sartorius.

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(sär-tôr'ē-əs, -tōr'-) pronunciation
n., pl., -to·ri·i (-tôr'ē-ī, -tōr'-).
A flat narrow thigh muscle, the longest of the human anatomy, crossing the front of the thigh obliquely from the hip to the inner side of the tibia.

[New Latin, from Late Latin sartor, tailor (from its producing the cross-legged position of a tailor at work), from sartus, past participle of sarcīre, to mend.]]



Teufelsdröckh in Monmouth Street, illustration to Sartor Resartus by Edmund Joseph Sullivan.

Thomas Carlyle's major work, Sartor Resartus (meaning 'The tailor re-tailored'), first published as a serial in 1833-34, purported to be a commentary on the thought and early life of a German philosopher called Diogenes Teufelsdröckh (which translates as 'god-born devil-dung'), author of a tome entitled "Clothes: their Origin and Influence" , but was actually a poioumenon.[1] Teufelsdröckh's Transcendentalist musings are mulled over by a skeptical English editor who also provides fragmentary biographical material on the philosopher. The work is, in part, a parody of Hegel, and of German Idealism more generally.

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阿魏學名Ferula assafoetida)是一種印度香料,又名興渠(Hingu)、阿虞薰渠哈昔尼芸臺等。這種香草在西域有出產,但中國不常見,是一種近似芫荽的植物,所以亦有人直接指為芫荽。此名多見於佛經,屬於佛教徒禁食的五辛

Asafoetida (Ferula assafoetida), alternative spelling asafetida,(play /æsəˈfɛtɨdə/)[1] (also known as devil's dung, stinking gum, asant, food of the gods, giant fennel, hing and ting) is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula, which is a perennial herb (1 to 1.5 m high). The species is native to India[2]. Asafoetida has a pungent, unpleasant smell when raw, but in cooked dishes, it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks.

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