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Page xxxii - Their sexual humor is a sort of whistling in the dark, like Beaumarchais' Figaro, who "laughs so that he may not cry.
Page xxi - I urinate on your head' (among the Mongols usually given as 'I urinate on your father's head'), to which, as the insult par excellence, one may add the former remarks about the mother, and make the grand curse of 'I urinate on your father's head and have intercourse with your mother!
Page xxxii - ... perhaps out of his own (or her own) psychological need. The folktale or joke therefore represents a protective mechanism whereby the seriousness, and even the physical reality, of the situation can be denied and made light of by telling it — or by accepting some serious original anecdote describing it — simply as a joke, as something allowing the accumulated tension of living this situation, or telling about it, or listening to it, to relieve itself in the harmless but necessary explosion...
Page 11 - I am going to pass the night in a woman's slit." "And I am going into a woman's backside." They parted. The next day they met again. "Well, how did you sleep?
Page xxxviii - Rationale indicates that the book is an attempt to understand how "these stories and individuals do personify what the tellers and singers well know to be real but inexplicable peculiarities of human behavior, which they are attempting somehow to fit into a rational view of the world, whether as horror or as humor
Page xxxii - Well, would you tell me what might this here job be?" She said, "Well, you got to get down on your knees And eat this pussy like a rat eating cheese. You got to get way down in it and blow it like Louis blow his horn. You got to peck all around, like a rooster pecking corn." I said, "Hold it! Wait a minute, bitch, you're talking too fast. The next thing you know, you'll have my foot in your ass.
Page xii - The scientific collection and presentation of erotic folk material came of age, in a single bound, in Afanasyev's Russian Secret Tales. The stories are presented in prose dialogue, as they were collected, with a minimum of rewriting or literary titivation of the connective text, citing a few variants and parallels (as to Homer and Boccaccio), and without any attempt to expurgate or disguise the occasional obscene vocabulary by veiling this in the elegant Latin periphrases still deemed necessary to...