No Prayers for Rain without Taking Responsibility: Mungoshi's "The Spirit of the Ashpit
they had Ricard spitting up blood in the prison ashpit
You could throw me on the ashpit
. Funerals are all wrong." Then Father said: "I can see you're a follower of Doctor Price: you'd like to be burnt up on the top of the mountain." "It would be better than a funeral.
For example, the book is structured as a three-part arbitration process: God in his heavenly court sanctions the test to be carried out on Job; Job, in his ashpit
senate, fights and vetoes the judgment of his friends; God in the whirlwind adjudicates the ultimate distribution of rewards.
Behind each pair of houses would be a courtyard with a shared privy, ashpit
and 'broo-us' - a washroom where water was heated in coppers over a brick hearth.
Many were orphans, or had lost one parent, or had their working parent sickly; some who were taken into the night shelter were runaways from cruelty at home and found living rough in ashpits
, sheds, some under the arches at the station or the cattle market.
She argues that his texts reflect the filthy waterways and sewers of colonial Dublin, not only in their subject matter--in his scattered references to privies, ashpits
, congested street drains and polluted rivers (though, strangely, not their stench)--but also in their form: human waste, in other words, leaves its trace in the language and syntax of Joyce's writing.
"It is not my fault that the odour of ashpits
and old weeds and offal hangs around my stories.
It was an opening to Hell itself, and the two frightened girls looked down at the fiery furnaces, incandescent caverns and ashpits
of this nightmarish underworld, occupied by barely visible figures far below.
They have been walking from the beginning, through the foggy sponges of lowland forests, under umbrella leaves, in the shattered rain of ocean beaches, through the tinder of ashpits
, the thickets of cities, along washes and ravines and the dust of dry creek beds.