Extract from The Sponger (De uitvreter).
table Jimmy was more talkative. He chattered enough for three, ate enough for
six. 'Sea air digs holes in your belly', they say in Veere. Jimmy drank for
six more and sang all the verses of the song about the Nancy Brig.
In short, he was very lively and noisy, and Bavink thought that a bloke like
that was worth his weight in gold.
so he was. In the afternoon he took Bavink around the canals and made him walk
all around Zierikzee three times. His tongue never stopped wagging and his walking
stick never stopped pointing, and when the locals paused to look he would go
up to them and address them as 'Young man', and ask whether they felt alright
and pat'em on the back until Bavink was like to split his sides with laughing.
That was right up Jimmy's street - settling accounts with the bien-pensant
Dutch public, who won't tolerate anyone who doesn't look at least as stupid
and full of bad taste as themselves, and jeer at you and criticize you aloud
as if pastors and priests haven't been busy educating the people for centuries
in even the smallest village.
from The Sponger (De uitvreter). In : 'Writing in Holland and Flanders', 1961,
December, p. 9. Vertaling door Roy Edwards.
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