06-13-2014, 12:01 PM
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I wonder how many allusions there are in literature to shaving or shaving equipment, be they simile, metaphor, analogy, or comparison. I came across one I liked this morning, in the novel Skin Game by Jim Butcher:
"Her features were lean and severe, her body graced with the same slight, elegant curves as a straight razor."

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 06-13-2014, 01:11 PM
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James Joyce, Ulysses:

"What advantages attended shaving by night? A softer beard: a softer brush if intentionally allowed to remain from shave to shave in its agglutinated lather: a softer skin if unexpectedly encountering female acquaintances in remote places at incustomary hours ...."

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 06-13-2014, 01:19 PM
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Anne Sexton, in the poem "Courage":
"A child’s first step/as awesome as an earthquake
love as simple as shaving soap"

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 06-13-2014, 01:24 PM
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Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales:
"As smothe it was as it were late shave."

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 06-13-2014, 04:58 PM
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(06-13-2014, 12:01 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: "Her features were lean and severe, her body graced with the same slight, elegant curves as a straight razor."

This seems to be a bit of an oxymoron! Biggrin

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 06-13-2014, 05:30 PM
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More Ulysses:

"Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed."

First lines of the novel.


Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano:

Hugh returned, smiling, and with a flourish like a Spanish waiter poured him a stiff drink into a toothmug.

"Wherever did you find that? ah! You've saved my life!” “That's nothing. I did the same for Carruthers once.” Hugh now set about shaving the Consul who had become much steadier almost immediately....

Hugh flourished the cut-throat razor. “Try and sit still like that; you're doing fine."

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 06-13-2014, 05:52 PM
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Guys, just to clarify, what I meant by allusions such as similes is just that - referring to something being like a razor or shaving equipment in someway, such as "as sharp as a razor," or the use of a razor or other shaving tool as a metaphor - not just a reference to shaving. We already have old threads about shaving being mentioned in literature.

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 06-13-2014, 09:43 PM
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"Razor-sharp wit"
"At the cutting edge"
"A close shave"

But on the literary Smile how about Shakespeare (Love's Labour's Lost):

"The tongues of mocking wenches are as keen
As a razor's edge invisible
Cutting a smaller edge that can be seen."

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 06-13-2014, 10:22 PM
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Shakespeare! Excellent, Shaun!

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 06-15-2014, 02:52 AM
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There's a reference in the novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. It takes place in the English countryside in the 1950s and the protagonist is a young girl who is obsessed with poisons and acts as an amateur detective.

In one scene she is investigating a dead man's hotel room. She finds his Valet Autostrop and removes the blade to cut open a secret compartment in his suitcase.

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 06-15-2014, 05:59 AM
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"The Razor's Edge . . . by W. Somerset Maugham . . . Its epigraph reads, 'The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard,' taken from a verse in the Katha-Upanishad."

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