Mudcat Café message #3186515 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138735   Message #3186515
Posted By: MGM·Lion
13-Jul-11 - 04:49 AM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
King Canute [don't be precieux about the spelling, Sean dear] was not trying to turn back the tide ~~ he was demonstrating that it couldn't be done, in order to deflate his flattering courtiers' fulsome assessments of his powers. My late wife Valerie summed it up in her novel Culture Shock [1988]: "History has given Canute the wrong footnote".