when dealing with ignorant people who should know better. Or - why Social Media (soma for short) seems to be determined to dumb us down!
Faced with this on my first visit to FB this year, I felt it incumbant on me to respond. But how? Here goes:
As people who have ‘taken the King’s shilling’ and are in bed (NOTE that’s a figurative phrase meaning a close partnership) with Moat Brae, which is tasked with positive promotion of children’s literature, having adopted ‘brand’ Peter Pan for their purposes. Behind which brand is J.M.Barrie (and a massive act of philanthropy which sees them able to use the character as a brand in the first place!)
the comments are childish (at best) and the plain response would be simply ‘grow up’. The question is, would the commenters see the depth in that statement with regard to Barrie’s quote : ‘All children, except one, grow up.
Are they totally ignorant of literary and classical allusion. Do I need to spell it out? Peter Pan. Pan. Classical allusion. Fairie. Classical allusion. Thus a classical word for a ‘party’ is perfectly consistent, no?
But even in a more modern context, less than fifty years ago I can confirm that the word ‘orgy’ was used quite frequently in a non-sexual context. The phrase ‘An orgy of colour’ - in the context it simply refers to a ‘riot’ (without the political connotation.) of colour. Here’s an example:
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g294265-d2149128-r351906494-Gardens_by_the_Bay-Singapore.html of orgy used in this context, even today!
But if we go back to Barrie’s day…
The Red Ballet Skirts (c.1890) encapsulates Degas’ later style. He adopts a system of densely built layers and cross hatching, which he referred to as ‘orgies of colour’.
http://www.ourdailyread.com/2008/03/orgy-of-colour/ Yes, there is sensuality involved. Sensuality = the world of the senses. And as a fairy/fantasy world, which Barrie shows coming into tension with the ‘normal’ ‘real’ world (as we might put it) it would seem appropriate to vary one’s use of language appropriate to one’s intent/context. So, consider this folks: Barrie is in fact doing something clever not ‘weird’ in the story of Peter Pan – bringing the worlds and styles of realism and fantasy into scrutiny through the conflict of belief systems (and so much more!)
Might I suggest, perversion is in the eye of the beholder, or the user of language who fails to appreciate the classical allusions. Forgive me, but it is frankly irritating to have to deal with this level of ignorance among those who should know better, especially in the 160th anniversary year of Barrie’s birth. People. You are not Peter Pan. So grow up!
What is the intention and purpose behind the FB post? I'm sure it's an attempt at humour, but seriously folks - let's move on from trashing reputations. Barrie was, after all, primarily a writer for adults and this phrase is NOT in the Nursery Peter Pan, but in the later novel Peter and Wendy.
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