Allegorical speculation in an oral society: the Tabwa by Robert Cancel

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Now mukwaf,26 every person who came failed, everyone who came failed. Then came bow many persons? One. He brought a goat and a dog. " They said. " They said, "No. there's no bridcprice . . It's, what-dO· you-<:311-it ... " The}• prepared ubwali21 for him; he ate. he slept. The next morning they m ade him ubwali. He carried the ubwali and soft grass. that was very smooth. He went and look<:d at the base of the palm tree. He sat down. The monitor began to too k at him from the top. He came and got ubwali; he came and gave it to the goat, the soft grass he gave to what-do-you-cruJ-it ..

Arroganoc manifested in the rejection of local suitors in favor of ~tr:l111gers is bad; keeping food from your family is bad. These simple truths do not rcqu·ire UlC complex processes and clements that constitute the narrative system? as Nabokov suggested in this chapter's epigraph. Even the simplest themes acquire form and depth from the rolationsbips that underlie the narrative surface. :I images. These operations are orchestrated by a storyteller to reveal the intended theme through allegorical comparison.

Y as the result of a process. We can comment upon the metaphor, but the metaphor itself neither needs nor invites explanation and paraphrase. Metaphorical UlOught is a distinctive mode of achieving insight, not to be construed as an ornamental substiMe for plain thought. (Black 1962: 236-37) Paul Ricoeur further ties the metaphorical process to both cognition and emotion: We have to understand the process by which a cenain production of images channels the schematization of predicative assimilation.

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