SHE may only be the size of the palm of a hand, but Irish quint
baby Amy Cassidy is putting up the fight of her life.
Although Suzanne's mother and one of her sisters had twins, she didn't expect quints. "Twinning does run in the family," she says, "but certainly you don't think about super-twinning."
Daughter Ashlee, the first-born of the quints, also requires special medical attention.
To the average onlooker, Ashlee and the other quints are marvels of nature.
"There are typically eight or 10 reports of quints nationally each year."
Oregon State University Animal Sciences Professor Jim Thompson, a sheep specialist who also provides Extension Service advice on other small ruminants, estimated that goat quints occur in about one of every 100,000 births.
The dispute broke out last spring after the Quints, who live next to the country club's golf course, cut down two 40-foot Douglas fir trees and a 65-foot maple.
Whether the Quints had received permission to fell the trees and whether all of the trees were on golf course property were the key questions in the dispute.
In his introduction to this new translation, the second in the last five years, of five cantos that were never included in Ariosto's Orlando furioso, David Quint persuasively argues that the Cinque Canti break off in imitation of "the most famous unfinished poem of classical literature, the Pharsalia, or De bello civile, of Lucan" (6).
Quint himself retracts part of his argument when he admits that Charlemagne does escape with his horse at Prague.