Monday, 14 May 2007

The Trouble With Dick

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Although popular with youngsters in the years after its release in 1930, Jeremy Taylor's novel A Retriever's Adventure is unlikely to ever come back into print. The problem is that the dog central to the story is called Dick, leading to a great number of double entendres which may have been overlooked back then but which are all too obvious now. When the dog goes missing, narrator Howard reports that he 'spent all night in the woods, desperate for just one glimpse of Dick'. Meanwhile, when the dog hero goes to the kennel in the sky, Howard declaims that 'I longed for one more night, my arms filled with dear old Dick writhing and wriggling.'
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