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Volume II

Page 88



her breast was oak, her shoulders oak; /
Her arms likewise you'd think were changed
to long / Branches and, thinknig so, you'd
not be wrong."

A very striking and unnerving — even
particularly uncanny — depiction of
the grotesque demotion of person into
tree.

Punishment for violence
Particularly one of absolute disembodiment
that is dismemberment.
                                                  Baucis and
Galatea as a                                Philemon as
inversion                                    an Ovidian
                                                  counterpoint