Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Another Thought On Eels

It occurred to me rather suddenly, after publishing the previous post reviewing The Book Of Eels, that Dionyn -- the title character in Ken Russell's movie The Lair Of The White Worm -- really looks more like an Eel than he does a Lungfish. I can't believe I didn't see that before! I mean, not only is there a clear physical resemblance, but the D'Ampton Worm story makes clear that it had to be an Eel. The Worm was caught in a weir -- a contraption used to catch fish, particularly Eels -- and survived practically forever after being tossed unceremoniously into a well. One of the few fish that can tolerate that kind of abuse and starvation is an Eel. WHERE'S MY BRAIN SOMETIMES?

Maybe it was just the obvious association -- Lungfish DO prefer eating virgins, whereas the typical Eel couldn't care less.


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