[Milton-L] Norvegers

Carol Barton, Ph.D., CPCM cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Fri Jan 17 18:37:43 EST 2014


Ockham's Razor. Why settle for a simple explanation, when a complex one will do?


Thanks, Michael, and happy new year to all!

Carol Barton


From: Michael Gillum 
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 10:55 AM
To: John Milton Discussion List 
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Norvegers


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. 


http://www.spitsbergen-svalbard.com/spitsbergen-information/history/17th-century-whaling.html




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

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