Can you lick your nose like a cow?
The reason I ask is that Dante meets a condemned soul who can, and is quite repulsed!
Though perhaps that’s because the guy was an usurer, it’s not clear.
Here’s Dante’s description in the original:
Qui distorse la bocca e di fuor trasse
la lingua, come bue che ’l naso lecchi.
Along with Francesca’s rendering into modern Italian:
Allora distorse la bocca e tirò fuori
la lingua, come un bue che si lecca il naso.
And Longfellow’s English translation:
Then twisted he his mouth, and forth he thrust
His tongue, like to an ox that licks its nose.
There! That wasn’t so hard, was it?
If you’ve been avoiding taking the plunge, so to speak, find out more in Canto XVII of our Dante’s Inferno series.
The whole series is linked to from the new Literature page. There are short extracts from seventeen cantos so far, with more coming!
And if you CAN lick your nose like a cow, do send me a picture, to publish on Monday…
So what else?
It looks as if this will be the last weekend of a long, hot summer, here in Italy. From Monday, temperatures are set to fall, then stay low, at least for a while.
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