Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 16:24:54 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: sea change
It's an allusion to Shakespeare's Tempest: "Full fathom five thy
father lies;/Of his bones are coral made:/Those are pearls that
were his eyes:/Nothing of him that doth fade,/But doth suffer a
sea-change/Into something rich and strange." (I.ii)
Here it means 'a change brought about by the sea', but it's
now used to mean 'any major transformation'.
I also remember a similar line spoken by Daedalus in Joyce's Ulysses, which
probably refers back to the earlier Tempest reference.
"A seachange this, brown eyes saltblue. Seadeath, mildest of all
deaths known to man. Old Father Ocean. Prix de Paris: beware of
imitations. Just you give it a fair trial. We enjoyed ourselves immensely."
A few paragraphs earlier, he riffs on some of the "full fathom five"
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