Successful Dissing

Spent the better part of the afternoon on the trail of “I smell the blood of an Irishman.” I know it’s first and foremost a reference to “Jack and the Beanstalk,” but I was wondering whether there’s actually an Irish fairy tale which uses these words (Yeats doesn’t count; the CELTIC TWILIGHT was published several years after my source).

And I can only say once again: thank heavens for google.books and amazon’s search-inside feature! 🙂

All in all, these past two days the dissing was absolutely terrific: I wrote about seven pages in all, which is some kind of record for this particular chapter! And what’s even better: I’m about to finish the dratted monster chapter (not a chapter on monsters, but the chapter turned out to be the monster!)!!! Wheee!!! Only three to five more pages and then it’s all done! (The chapter, that is, not the diss.)

3 thoughts on “Successful Dissing

  1. Sandra Schwab

    In one of the stories of Yeats’s CELTIC TWILIGHT, a giant says “I smell the blood of an Irishman.” And then there’s a story called “Munsmeg” in the the James Taylor Adams Collection at the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, in which a giant smells an Irishman.

    But it’s great that none of you know any version of a giant tale with the sniffing of an Irish laddie because that supports my theory that the aforementioned Irish laddie in my source is supposed to be a parody on the traditional “Jack and the Beanstalk” 🙂

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