By Richard Milward
As a distraction from sleazy male admirers, spiteful classmates, and her mother’s progressing melanoma, Eve’s adolescent eyes are opened to a multicolored lifetime of fumbling one-night stands, drug-fuelled golf equipment, never-ending sorts of candy-flavored affordable booze, and banal consumerist offerings. She slightly has time to note Adam. Adam, besides the fact that, notices Eve. whereas contending with sexual frustration, an asshole father, and more and more compulsive habit, is Adam too busy furtively examining porn in his bed room to make his stream on Eve?
A paean to the scattershot problems of turning out to be up, the issues of friendship, and the results of hormones in overdrive, Apples is a deliciously pitch-perfect debut.
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A critical consequence of the conventional (mis)reading of the clause is that the response of Tityrus apprears to be oddly evasive. 11 The category was becoming less unusual in the 1st Century bce, when the Romans were increasingly exposed to the divinization of Hellenistic rulers, on which see Taylor (1931). 12 This reading runs distinctly contrary to the received interpretation of Tiryrus’ stance in the dialogue. ” (Coleman p. 90). St. Denis (1999) p. 15, speaks of Tityrus’ “joie égoiste et sa nonchalante quiétude” (“his egocentric joy and blasé calm”).
In recounting the outrage and its devastating consequences—his loss of his ancestral plot—his pours forth his feelings in a torrent of despair concerning his future lot. He starts with an outright rejection of all hope for an eventual reversal of his dire circumstances (64–66): At nos hinc alii sitientis ibimus Afros, pars Scythiam et rapidum cretae20 ueniemus Oaxen et penitus toto diuisos orbe Britannos. We, however, shall leave this place: some to join the thirsty Africans, some to Scythia, [some] to the chalk-bearing Oaxes river, [some] will reach the Britons, a people far removed from the rest of the globe.
An adequate understanding of the symbolic function and philosophical underpinning of this gesture of hospitality entails a brief review of the pertinent conventions of consolatory discourse in its philosophical dimension. The lineaments of a consolatory strategy are transparent in the overall structure of the Eclogue. Consolatory poetics takes extreme loss as its necessary point of departure. As we have seen at some length, Ecl. 1. builds its argument on the issue of differential means of coping with adversity.
Apples by Richard Milward