mgillum at unca.edu
Fri Jan 17 10:55:06 EST 2014
The simple answer to why the whale is in Norway foam is that northern
Norwegian waters around the island of Spitsbergen (not the Baltic) were the
primary European hunting grounds for whales. British whalers and others
operated there during the seventeenth century.
On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM, JD Fleming <jfleming at sfu.ca> wrote:
> Dear all--here is a simple question that, perhaps, has been answered more
> than once. But those answers lie buried in dusty books; so in the spirit of
> our students, I would like to ask you, who know, directly:
> Why 2 references to Norway in PL 1 (203 and 293)? Why are both the foam
> and the pine Norwegian? Why Norway?
> Having two grandparents from Bergen, I ask. JD Fleming
> James Dougal Fleming
> Associate Professor
> Department of English
> Simon Fraser University
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