[percy-l] hurricane in Lancelot

Dye, Steve sldye at bluegrass.org
Wed Sep 28 10:29:05 EDT 2005

I have no suggestions, but am fascinated by this message and the dilemma
and how it relates to Percy. You certainly have my moral support,
however. This has also made me think more about Lancelot. It is amazing
how Percy remains "relevant"!

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Subject: [percy-l] hurricane in Lancelot

First, I want to applaud Henry, who has taken some undeserved shots, for

trying to bring the list back to the literary/philosophical discussion
which it is intended. When those who disagree are labeled as Nazis and 
Klansmen, it's time to step in and bring some integrity (and maturity)
back to 
the discussion. Maybe the tree needed to be pruned. Regardless, I
his input (why can't members correspond with each other instead of the
list? I 
carry on off-list conversations with several members of the list).
 But, since some want to discuss the hurricane, I thought I'd throw out
experience. In my fiction class, I have a "displaced" student from New 
Orleans, who, with her family, lost everything (she had two changes of
as of last week). She came to Indianapolis a few weeks ago, several
weeks into 
the semester.
 Anyway, today I began my lecture on Percy and, in particular, Lancelot.
wasn't until I was into my spiel on Percy's "hurricane syndrome" that I 
realized I had just (possibly) stepped into a mess. I wasn't sure if I
convey the anticipation, the rush, the break from everydayness, without 
seeming pretty shallow (in her eyes anyway). She is pretty shy, so I
want to "push" her to respond, but I was interested in hearing her take
on it. 
But last week, when she came to my office to get "caught up," we talked 
briefly about her situation. She said that they couldn't return, and so
didn't know the extent of damage to her home; she did say, however, that
area in which she lived was hit hard and not much was left standing
(based on 
news reports). But she started to get choked up, so I backed off.
 She is way behind in class work, and I don't think she has been able to
the books (I'm meeting with her tomorrow to work something out). Still,
wonder how she will see the whole hurricane effect and the hurricane in 
 Any suggestions?

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