Stupid Question: Practical Joke Edition

16 Oct

Snipe hunting?

Okay, that’s not exactly a fully formed question, and I realize (now) that the snipe is an actual bird.

Yes.  Really.  See:

But I’m having a hard time taking Levin’s snipe hunting ventures with Sergei seriously.  Where I come from if your older know-it-all brother wants to go snipe hunting you’ve been had.  Had, I tell you.

So maybe my question is actually this:  Is Tolstoy playing with us here?


Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Anna Karenina


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9 responses to “Stupid Question: Practical Joke Edition

  1. Norma carey

    October 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I had a flashback when I saw “snipe hunting!” I remember watching a Spin and Marty episode from the ol’ Mickey Mouse Club in which they tricked some kids into snipe hunting while they were at camp. So I actually had to look it up too!

    • Christine

      October 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      I thought of the movie Up where the man tries to get rid of the little scout on his doorstep by sending him on a snipe hunt.

      • Christina Joy

        October 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        Gah!!! Up, yet another thing I haven’t seen! I’m so culturally unaware.

  2. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    October 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    “Snipe” makes me think of the episode Little House when Laura and Mary are called “long-legged snipes” because their old dresses were a bit too short!

    I posted the scene from YouTube on my Classical Quest FB page.

    • Christine

      October 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I remember reading this part in the Little House series and feeling terribly hurt for Mary and Laura.

  3. Christina Joy

    October 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Spin and Marty, Little House on the Prairie – apparently I missed all the good TV when I was a kid. Good thing I could go snipe hunting to keep myself entertained.

    • Jeannette

      October 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      There are snipes in Nebraska?

  4. Lutheran Mama

    October 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Oh, thanks for the picture! I was wondering what those birds looked like (they show up pretty much every time Levin is involved).

  5. Jeannette

    October 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Yes, and there is a “double snipe” later. Want to research what that looks like too for us all? Thanks.


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