Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Tue Jul 30 11:59:33 UTC 2002
It has been stated that Jinks is the printer's devil (i.e., apprentice or
assistant) in the poem. Let me quote my excerpt again:
"Sure, that must be Jinks," we muttered--
"Jinks that's knocking at our door;
Jinks, the everlasting bore."
we opened wide the door.
But phancey, now, our pheelinks
For it wasn't Jinks, the bore--
Jinks, nameless evermore.
But the form that stood before us,
Caused a trembling to come o'er us,
'Twas the form of our "devil,"
Let me amplify and simplify the line which I meant to emphasize (the 6th
line of text in the above excerpt):
<<... IT WASN'T JINKS ...>>
It was the "devil" (printer's, and maybe other too), but
** IT WASN'T JINKS. **
The name "Jinks" never appears again after the line with "nameless
evermore"; as for the "devil" at the door, "IT WASN'T JINKS".
*** JINKS WAS NOT GIVEN AS THE NAME OF THE "DEVIL" IN THE POEM! JINKS WAS
SOMEBODY ELSE ENTIRELY! ***
At least that's how it looks to me.
Sorry for shouting.
-- Doug Wilson
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