One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Jackson's Parrot in "Malone Dies"

The pink and gray parrot can learn the scholastic Nihil in intellectu ("Nothing in the intellect") but not the "celebrated restriction": nisi prius in sensu ("unless first in the senses"), which is too much for it: "all you heard was a series of squawks."
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