This line reminds me of a passage from ScÚl Mucci Mic Dathˇ - The Tale of
Macc Da Thˇ's Pig - typical Ulster Cycle set up, the Ulaid vs. the
Connachta; Cet the Connacht man has proven himself the greatest warrior of
them all, and thus the one most worthy to carve the pig, until Conall
Cernach shows up and proves himself Cet's superior:
Cet left the pig, then, and Connall set down to it, saying 'On with the
contest!' The Connachta could not find a warrior to equal him; even so, the
Ulaid formed a protective shelter with their shields, for some ill-mannered
guests had begun to shoot at him from the corners.
Conall then began to carve the pig. He took the end of the belly in his
mouth until he had made a division, and he sucked on the belly (a burden for
9 men) until not a particle was left. He did leave the foretrotters to the
Connachta, however. They thought their share was small; they rose, the
Ulaid rose, and everyone hit someone. Blows fell upon ears until the heap
on the floor reached the centre of the house and the streams of gore reached
the entrances. The hosts broke through the doors, then, and a good drinking
bout broke out in the courtyard, with everyone striking his neighbour.
From Early Irish Myths and Sagas, trans and intro Jeffrey Gantz, Penguin
Books, 1981, 186-87.
At 07:47 PM 5/11/97 EDT, Bruce wrote:
>On Sun, 11 May 1997 08:23:48 PDT paula malone <[log in to unmask]>
>>> For an example of such that I ran across in newsgroup:
>>>"The court was told that soon after the party came
>>>in Rourke's face. This led to ill-feeling, and they
>>>began to fight."
>>"this led to ill-feeling," ... oh that's great!
>Nicely understated, don't you think?
>Bruce L. Jones
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