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L'objectif de l'auteur etait de purger la cour de ce << tigre enragee, vipere venimeuse, sepulcre d'abomination, spectacle de malheur >>.
Havercroft offers a convincing feminist interpretation of the symbolism of Theoret's metaphor of "le noeud" (the knot), associated with the oppressiveness of "les generations," given that "especially in the 1980s, textile metaphors--weaving, knotting, quilt-piecing, and the like--have been linked repeatedly to women's writing:" In Australian literature, the quilt metaphor in Barbara Hanrahan's The Scent of Eucalyptus and the ball of thread in Drusilla Modjeska's Poppy come to mind.However, in view of this writer's French cultural heritage, the powerful metaphor of Nobel-Prize-winning novelist Francois Mauriac's Le Noeud de Viperes (Vipers' Knot) may also underlie Theoret's image.
Une espece de grenouille de torrent (Hylodes asper) est une proie courante pour deux especes de viperes fouisseuses (Bothrops jaracacussu et B.