I have two full columns of vocabulary words on which I should be doing Classic Word of the Day posts. But alas, I am not. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. I don’t really know (either the meaning of the words, or my intent with them.) Part of the issue lies within my indecision about how to handle words that are already in the glossary. So, if you have opinions, please share them.
In the time being I thought I would define one word that did cause me to branch into a little research:
palings – n. upright sticks making a fence
Classical Usage: There’s a paling around the Yeobright’s home, and Hardy seems to mention the picketish fence quite a bit. I wanted to see for myself, so I used the age-old Google Imaging trick and found this little depiction of one by none other than Rembrandt.
Classically Mad Usage: I told my good blog friends about my Rembrandt discovery and they informed me that there are more Rembrandt connections in the novel, more studies of light and dark. Then I found one where Rembrandt was actually mentioned by name. Then I lost my note of where it was.
So, can you help me out. Where in the shadows and light is Rembrandt hiding?