RARA-AVIS: Toad versus snake (was: Slamming the Doors)

From: Al Guthrie ( allanguthrie@ukonline.co.uk)
Date: 17 Sep 2003

----- Original Message ----- Kevin wrote:
> >> A killer on the road whose brain is squirming like a toad? Toads hop,
> >> they don't slither. Ah, but then "snake" doesn't rhyme with
> "road"...

And Dave followed:
> I guess as a kid you never picked up toads. If you did you'd know they
> can squirm like hell.

Well, we don't have too many snakes around this part of the world, but I've seen them on TV. I have to say that in terms of resemblance to a brain, a key element in the effectiveness of this analogy, the toad gets my vote. If Morrison had been inclined to go for the cliched snake image instead of favouring his own effective and original analogy, he'd have possibly opted for the sea-dwelling equivalent, since it has a rhyme that even someone of his (implied above) limited abilities might have spotted: There's a killer at the wheel/His brain is squirming like an eel. Personally, I'm glad he didn't.

Al Guthrie

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