The centaur

So far so good; the trick calls for tact and finesse, though. I thought, This morning has never occurred before, and I jubilantly felt myself on the prow of a ship cleaving the skyey ocean of time… Next to the window, its chipping veneer somehow grimacing, was an old-fashioned bureau with fluted glass knobs, a wavy-faced top drawer, and ponderous scroll feet like the feet of a cartoon bear.

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Mikado-esque drollery ensues. What happened next. Most recently updated: February 23, With its one-to-one correspondences between characters and their classical-pantheon counterparts, The Centaur can read a bit like Joyce For Dummies.

I was tickled by its parlor-game aspect, though, when I encountered the book in high school, and still am.

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He has no friends his age, and regularly worries that his peers might detect his psoriasiswhich stains his skin and flecks his clothes every season but summer. If the allegorical theme is announced too clearly the irony becomes monotonous and the art gives way to pedantry.

Pholos A second famous centaur in mythology is Pholos, who hosted Hercules while he was engaged in hunting for the giant boar, one of his celebrated labours in service to Eurystheus.

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Peter suffers from psoriasis, which itches badly and eats at his self-esteem like…well, like an eagle gnawing on someone's liver. Olympus where he married Hebe, the goddess of youth.

Unlike those of mainland Greece, the Cyprian centaurs were horned.

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The Centaur by John Updike