Thursday, April 26, 2012
BRANDY [in essay]: Othello, a Native American, was a great Venusian general.
MISS EYRE [to Brandy]: So, Brandy, I didn't know Othello was Native American.
BRANDY: Wasn't he?
MISS EYRE: Um, no. He was a Moor.
BRANDY: Oh. So he was African-American. 'Cause Moor is black, right?
MISS EYRE: Well, kind of. But this play dates from the seventeenth century. So there was no America.
BRANDY: Oh! So I should just put that he was a Moor?
MISS EYRE: Yes. That will work. Also, you might want to rethink your spelling of "Venetian." That's the term you mean for someone from Venice.
MISS EYRE: Well, you spelled it "Venusian." That means he's from Venus. Like the planet.
BRANDY: Oh! Right. [giggles] Oh, miss, you know I didn't mean that.
MISS EYRE [to herself]: I sure hope not, or my teaching of Othello was more confusing than I thought.
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