The Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles
Promised in Paradise are the 72 virgins, or possibly, if you do not join the gang ganging up on Luxenberg, raisins. It is the boys who are "pearl-like." Perhaps in Hilali's view the simile applies only to boys, who are "pearl-like," while for girls only the metaphor is appropriate: they are not pearl-like but are "pearls." For more on this, see Taj Al-Din Al-Hilaly and Roman Jakobson, "The Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles in the Holy Qur'an," Mouton, 's Gravenhage, 1976.*
Or perhaps we should look to Giorgione, who enodwed that girl in "La Tempesta" with a come-hither look, or to Shakespeare, with his bold Beatrice giving better than she got to Benedick, or even to Miranda, espying Ferdinand for the first time.
Those were pearls that were his lies. Something like that.
Just a joke, meant mainly for Morris Halle and especially for Noam Chomsky, who tells me that he loves, positively loves, this site.
Posted on 10/30/2006 6:33 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald