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.)