A Literary Spit
Apologies to those who keep kosher and vegetarians. You may wish to skip this post.
Not that I’ve asked her, but thanks to cheekyauldwummin for this pic of a pig on a spit:
By a curious twist of fate, and many twists of the spit, I was given the opportunity to have a roll and roast pork from this very beast for which I am grateful. It was most welcome.
But, I find, one cannot enjoy a bacon butty with bells on without being reminded of Charles Lamb’s essay on Roast Pork. The essay describes a boy who inadvertantly roasts a pig by burning down the building that the pig is in:
Some of the crums of the scorched skin had come away with his fingers, and for the first time in his life (in the world’s life indeed, for before him no man had known it) he tasted — crackling! Again he felt and fumbled at the pig. It did not burn him so much now, still he licked his fingers from a sort of habit. The truth at length broke into his slow understanding, that it was the pig that smelt so, and the pig that tasted so delicious; and, surrendering himself up to the new-born pleasure, he fell to tearing up whole handfuls of the scorched skin with the flesh next it, and was cramming it down his throat in his beastly fashion, when his sire entered amid the smoking rafters, armed with retributory cudgel, and finding how affairs stood, began to rain blows upon the young rogue’s shoulders, as thick as hail-stones, which Bo-bo heeded not any more than if they had been flies. The tickling pleasure, which he experienced in his lower regions, had rendered him quite callous to any inconveniences he might feel in those remote quarters.
This is supposedly how roast pork was “discovered”.
The other literary reference that stakes its claim over the pig is “Lord of the Flies”, where there is the character of Piggy and the Lord of the Flies itself which is a pig’s head on a stick. All a bit sinister. 😈
I prefer the Charles Lamb reference 🙂
My mind is now mixing up a swill of other literary and biblical pig references, all of which can wait for another day. Unlike the beast pictured above.