Thursday, June 21, 2007

Earthy Ethan

My history-buff husband is currently reading Teams of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Goodwin). The other night while we were both reading in bed together, a normal nightly routine here, he said he had to read this passage to me. He was laughing hard in the way he does when something really strikes him funny. Be aware, before you think that the Seasonal Sounding folks are earthier than you supposed, that we do laugh at certain language bluntness. And this blunt language attributed to Ethan Allen was just downright hilarious. To us. Can't you just see and hear him!

One of Lincoln's favorite anecdotes sprang from the early days just after the Revolution. Shortly after the peace was signed, the story began, the Revolutionary Wear hero Ethan Allen "had occasion to visit England," where he was subjected to considerable teasing banter. The British would make "fun of the Americans and General Washington in particular and one day they got a picture of General Washington" and displayed it prominently in the outhouse so Mr. Allen could not miss it. When he made no mention of it, they finally asked him if he had seen the Washington picture. Mr. Allen said, "he thought that it was a very appropriate [place] for an Englishman to Keep it. Why they asked, for said Mr. Allen there is Nothing that Will Make an Englishman Sh*t So quick as the Sight of Genl Washington." (page 151)


Anonymous said...

It's good to know that Gen Washington was a respected man by his men!!

Carol in Oregon said...

Laughing out loud. Can't wait to tell my husband tonight.

Circle of Quiet said...

Are you sure your husband can't make it to the Cracker Barrel? I'm sure the four of us would have a ball.

What a funny, funny quote. Too bad John couldn't use it in the 8th grade classroom (-: