Well, Tom, we could always add it to the list of literary puzzlers. My
two contributions would be the ending of Dorothy Johnson's "The Man Who
Shot Liberty Valance" and Chapter IV of "Tom Outland's Story" in
Cather's THE PROFESSOR'S HOUSE where the explorers of Mesa Verde find a
set of stone age medical tools including a catheter. A pun by Cather,
who had dreams as a youth of being a doctor? What did she think an
Anasazi healer would do with a catheter?
Hey, perhaps the gopher snake told Abbey his Latin name and Abbey took
his word for it. (Now we can reference Jack Schaefer's CONVERSATIONS
WITH A POCKET GOPHER!
Stay warm out there,
On Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:11:18 -0600, Tom Lynch <[log in to unmask]>
> So I was teaching Ed Abbey's "Serpents of Paradise" and wanted to
> images of the various snakes mentioned in that essay on Blackboard
> my student's to see. I typed in a search for images of “Drymarchon
> corais couperi" which he gives as the scientific name for the bull
> snake or gopher snake he brings into his trailer (21). But the
> I got were for the eastern indigo snake, not the gopher snake at all.
> I can't believe I am the first reader to discover that Abbey got the
> scientific name of this snake wrong, but can't find any references to
> it. Has anybody else noticed this? Seems a pretty serious error to
> have gone uncorrected and unremarked upon all these years.
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