The Cane As A Rhetorical Device

No slouch with rhetorical devices herself, and a dab hand with a simile, Haron nonetheless cracks me up with her description of rhetorical advantage (and ogres):

I let out my breath after the last one and looked at Abel over my shoulder. He had that pensive look again, like an ogre who had just eaten a little girl who wasn’t quite agreeing with his digestion.

“That was five lots of six-of-the-best,” he said. “You know about that schoolgirl who got caned every morning before her lessons? On our blog? If I gave you another dozen, you would have had her whole punishment in one go. I think that would be quite cool.”

I thought that it would be quite a sacrifice for the sake of I wasn’t sure exactly what, but I was the one with an upturned bare bottom, and Abel was the one with the dragon cane, and thus he seemed to be at a rhetorical advantage.

Indeed, the man with the cane always has a rhetorical advantage.

Why do you think they stopped teaching rhetoric in schools at the same time the school cane fell into disfavor? Coincidence? I think not!

  1. Amber commented on February 2nd, 2007:

    That’s “Haron,” SB. Thank you!

  2. Amber commented on February 2nd, 2007:

    Seems like for me a man has a rhetorical advantage even before he reaches for the cane. But a dragon, cane, oh man! I wish I could experience that.

  3. SpankBoss commented on February 2nd, 2007:

    Yeah, I knew that. What I get for flying around all day in EVE Online in a Heron frigate. Fixed now.

  4. Abel commented on February 3rd, 2007:

    I’m not an ogre. Honest I’m not. (Waves cane with evil smile).

    Thanks for linking to us. We’re always honoured when you pick out things from our blog.

    You made me think with this. To a extent, in a well-played scene, I wondered whether it’s not the bottom rather than the top who has the ultimate rhetorical advantage – she has a safeword.

  5. Blushing gamer commented on February 11th, 2007:

    hmm — EVE – is there a connection here also?? – Just left flying my Ferox in 0.0 – had to come out from months of lurking on that comment!

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