Off-topic request for opinion from all you literary types

mecha godscylla mechagodscylla at
Tue Jan 11 19:48:32 EST 2005

>Elise wrote:
> > Can someone explain this part:
> >
> > "...the child is watching the teakettle's small hard tears
> > dance like mad on the hot black stove...."
> >
> > What are the small hard tears on the stove?
Kathleen replied:
>It sounds to me as though water has splashed out of the kettle onto
>the stove top. We had a wood stove when I was growing up, and water
>splashed on to the hot iron would separate into little spheres and
>bounce around the stovetop before evaporating. (We would stack the
>pans and trays to dry on the plate rack over the stove, and if the
>little bit of water still in was tipped out, the results were
>spectacular. Great fun!).
Thanks Kathleen! I can't recall ever seeing that before and your description 
is vivid. It makes me want to experiment.  Also, thanks for further 
information provided by Roger et al. Where do you get a lump of potassium?


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