gently lowered the snake back into the box where it curled up on an electric
"I keep it
at 75�," he said. At this point a young man who broadcasts a short-wave
program to Switzerland came in with a microphone and a recording machine. He
tried to get the snake to hiss for the Swiss, but the python was apparently
tired. So they just chatted about it.
animal man closed the lid on his snake box. Out in the first room a merry group
were still sipping cocktails and talking rapidly about snakes and a lot of
other things, too.
Once upon a
time, when SI was very young—newly born, in fact—it published an item which
began, "Wants pawn term...." It turned out to be the story of Little
Red Riding Hood written in a prose peculiar to Howard Chace, who teaches
language at Miami University, Ohio. "Wants pawn term" is the Chacean
way of writing "once upon a time." Little Red Riding Hood, to Chace, is
"Ladle Rat Rotten Hut." Anyone who has read through the first 50 pages
of Finnegans Wake will understand how this could happen to a language teacher.
After all, James Joyce had been a language teacher.
Since that time
(cents dot thyme) the reading of Chace has become an indoor sport, suitable to
long evenings over port and, of course, nuts. It was inevitable, surely, that
some publisher would decide to put out a whole book of Chace. Prentice-Hall
will do so in the spring, when almost anything is likely to seem normal.
Chace isn't too
difficult, once you get the swing of it. Four eggs ample:
Heresy rheumatic starry offer former's dodder, Violate Huskings, an wart
hoppings darn honor form.
wetter fodder, oiled Former Huskings, hoe hatter repetition fur bang furry
retch—an furry stenchy. Infect, pimple orphan set debt Violated fodder worse
nosing button oiled mouser. Violate, honor udder hen, worsted furry gnats
parson—jester putty ladle form gull, sample, morticed an uninfected.
Former Huskings nudist haze dodder setting honor cheer, during nosing.