One egg.

Very heavy rain in the night. Cold during morning, about 1/2 hour’s sun in the afternoon, then more rain. Everything flooded, the Oued Tensift swollen to considerable size – bed is 50 yards wide in places.

The donkey (actually seen dead on the 11.12.38.) now an almost completely clean skeleton. Notice that they leave the head till last.

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15 Responses to 17.12.38

  1. Stephen says:

    … having said that (ref yesterday’s post), I don’t think even Wm Faulkner or Cormac macCarthy had a dead mule being picked entirely clean, head-last, by an unnamed ‘they’. This is new levels of ‘wretched brutalilty’.
    Makes me think of the fate awaiting poor Boxer in Animal Farm.

  2. ken says:

    Also maybe the part of the reason the donkeys in Dali’s work disgusted him so much (“Benefit of Clergy,” 1944).

  3. vr0n says:

    In a detached, scientific (albeit sick) way, I’m interested in the head being left last. My cat, and then by example my dog, always went first for the head of a mouse, rat or rabbit that they had caught and brought home. I’d concluded that the brain must be the tastiest bit. Maybe it’s not so in a donkey (although I’d image the skull of a donkey would be a bit harder to crunch than that of a mouse).

    My apologies to anyone eating dinner (or breakfast) while reading this, or those of a vegan nature

  4. Mere moral disapproval does not get one any further. But neither ought one to pretend, in the name of ‘detachment’, that such pictures as ‘Mannequin rotting in a taxicab’ are morally neutral. They are diseased and disgusting, and any investigation ought to start out from that fact.

    Benefit Of Clergy: Some Notes On Salvador Dali by George Orwell, Saturday Book, 1944

    That’s just the last three sentences of quite an essay.


  5. Zamboge says:

    I imagine it would be ants (after the dogs) that would pick it “completely clean” – in Australia, if you want a complete unbroken skeleton – stick the carcase on an ants nest and after a week or so it will be sparkling.

  6. dave says:

    Zamboge; Haven’t seen your mother in law for a long time…..

    How are those ant bites doing?

  7. Now that there’s only its head and skeleton left he no longer calls it “the wretched brute” but reverts to “the donkey”.
    Now going to immerse myself, yet again, in his flying Aspidistra.

  8. Steve says:

    Compared to the rest of the donkey, the head is certainly the least meaty, and the brain much harder to access than in a rodent.

    We’ve gotten way off topic! What’s interesting is how different varmints eat chickens: raccoons seem to eat the parts humans don’t eat, skunks eat the parts humans do eat, and dogs just chew the head off.

  9. dave says:

    I hear that donkey viscera are the preferred bit by 9 out of ten jackals. Personally I wonder if its not Vultures that are doing all of this …

    I clicked on the google map of Marrakesh, and it looks like a real Hell on earth…I have to (still) wonder why he chose that particular place to “convalesce”………

  10. Ed Webb says:

    Heavy rain floods me,
    Abused lungs struggle for air;
    Skeleton is clean

  11. tona says:

    I love the “THEY” in his “they leave the head…”


  12. Dominic says:

    It’s surprising that the donkey’s head was still intact, considering that cheeks are the tastiest parts of most animals.

  13. George is conducting a group of hapless tourists around the neighborhood.

    He calls the group to a halt. He sweeps his arm around to point at the rotting corpse, guiding all eyes to gaze upon it as he gives a brief forensic analysis closing with, “Notice that they leave the head till last,” and everyone nods their heads in unison.

  14. ken says:

    See, these are the kind of discussions you never get at AustenDiary.com. Well, hardly ever.

  15. Hector says:

    George (pothumously), Drop the Dead Donkey.

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