[DWJ] Daffodils t-shirt

Riia Annala riia.annala at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 16:49:13 EDT 2010

Aren't daffodil and narcissi/narcissu synonyms?

Oh! Maybe the translator did get the idea after all. It may be that
daffodils are able to grow in June in Finland, because we have so much
colder climate. But in the book it was summer so it nevertheless would be
hopeless to wish for the first flowers of spring.


2010/7/13 Eleanor Joslin <eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk>

> On 13 Jul 2010, at 20:33, Riia Annala <riia.annala at gmail.com> wrote:
> > It occurs to me that brown and dead (and in England, wet) is the normal
> > state of a daffodil by June ... I don't know if this is what Diana meant,
> > though.
> >
> > Yes. I don't know much about flowers, but I had a notion that daffodils
> are
> > spring flowers (no idea if it's right or wrong). That is why I find the
> > quote funny even on it's own. In my mind there is no such thing like
> > daffodils in June, so Sophie is wishing for the impossible. It caught my
> > attention because the Finnish translator had translated the sentence like
> > this: "Olkaa kevään ensi narsisseja" which means be first narcissus of
> the
> > spring. I have no idea why he translated it like that. Is June considered
> > spring in UK?
> You are quite right - daffodils are spring flowers and are normally seen in
> March or April. They are very much like narcissi. June is summer here,
> really - well, this year it definitely was. So it sounds like the Finnish
> translator didn't quite get the absurdity. I assume it is June in that part
> of the book. May Day occurs near the beginning, doesn't it?
> Eleanor
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