Saturday, March 07, 2015

From the Oxford English Dictionary entry for the adjective "ebon":
Pretty humiliating for Elizabethan poet Giles Fletcher that this mistake is still in the dictionary 420 years later.

One of the only other uses of the phrase "ebon thighs" that I could find is in this collection of (vile but interesting) racist satirical poems about the alleged sexual relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings.

2 comments:

azulejosdeluniverso said...

Hello, Mr. Beauman:

I just want to congratulate you for your book Glow, than I've just read in Spanish; I couldn't put the book down until I reached the end, a great reading experience for me. Thank you so much for entertaining me, keep on writing those stories.

Thank you again and best regards.

cuentacuentos said...

"It was the middle of winter, and the snow-flakes were falling like feathers from the sky, and a queen sat at her window working, and her embroidery-frame was of ebony. And as she worked, gazing at times out on the snow, she pricked her finger, and there fell from it three drops of blood on the snow. And when she saw how bright and red it looked, she said to herself, "Oh that I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the embroidery frame!" Not very long after she had a daughter, with a skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony, and she was named Snow-white."

As I owe my knowledge of eboby to the Grimm Brothers, I suppose, Giles Fletcher's mother used an ivory embroidery Frame. My mother used to knit - just to avoid confusion.