Zorba’s Grand Dad

This is how all the men in this book regard women. Zorba is off on one of his speeches again, complete with exclamations and curses. The author narrates:-

“May God sanctify my grandad’s bones!” he said. “He knew a thing or two about women. He liked them a lot, poor wretch, and they led him a regular dance in his lifetime. ‘By all the good things I wish you, Alexis, my boy,’ he’d say, ‘beware of women! When God took Adam’s rib out to create woman – curse that minute! – the devil turned into a serpent, and pff! he snatched the rib and ran off with it…. God dashed after him and caught him, but he slipped out of his fingers and God was left with just the devil’s horns in his hands. “A good housekeeper,” said God, “can sew even with a spoon. Well, I’ll create woman with the devil’s horns!” And he did; and that’s how the devil got us all, Alexis my boy. No matter where you touch a woman, you touch the devil’s horns. Beware of her, my boy! She also stole the apples in the garden of Eden; she shoved them down her bodice, and now she goes out and about, strutting all over the place. A plague on her! Eat any of those apples and you’re lost; don’t eat any and you’ll still be lost! What advice can I give you, then, my boy? Do as you please!’ That’s what my old grandad said to me. But how could you expect me to grow up sensible? I went the same way as he did – I went to the devil!”

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  1. Enough to turn a lad gay innit?!


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