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By Arthur Miller

A reticent body of workers supervisor residing together with his mom, Mr Newman stocks the prejudices of his occasions and of his neighbours - and neither a Hispanic lady abused outdoors his window nor the persecution of the Jewish shop proprietor he buys his paper from are any of his enterprise. till Newman starts off donning glasses, and others start to mistake him for a Jew.

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10 M–W). If we read Paris’ words against the background of the Hesiodic episode of the wooing of Helen, then the Trojan prince is the most qualified suitor since he is the richest. At the same time, Paris is selective in his reading of the Catalogue. He refers to Greece as poor compared to Asia (o quotiens dices ‘quam pauper Achaia nostra est’! Her. ”’) and to Sparta as parca (‘frugal’, Her. 191). Sparta’s frugality is of course an anachronism which Paris employs to serve his purpose. He passes over the fact that in the Catalogue Menelaus is the richest suitor, and brings up the classical, but not archaic, stereotype of a poor Sparta.

Ovid’s suitor 29 also enters the Hesiodic world, presenting himself as one of the suitors who wooed Helen. He turns himself into a character of the work he is referring to. For Paris, poetic memory is not something bygone; it is instead a reality he wants to bring into life. Fama’s power of –n†rgeia (‘vividness’) or fantas©a (‘creative imagination’) is thus pointed out26 as Paris lives (and is trapped) in a world conjured up by the nuntia fama. He does not just refer back to a poetic tradition; it is rather the poetic tradition that is projected into his life.

66 The narrative complexity of the Metamorphoses with its numerous internal narrators and embedded tales also clashes with the scarcity of embedded speeches in the Catalogue. The grammarian Diomedes refers to the Hesiodic Catalogue as an example of narrative poetry (enarratiuum) without speeches of characters other than the poet himself, unlike the Iliad or the Aeneid, which contain a great many speeches made by the characters and belong to the ‘common or mixed’ genre (commune uel mixtum; see Keil, Grammatici Latini v.

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