amazing at mail.utexas.edu
Mon Oct 14 21:31:22 PDT 1996
Sir Robert wrote:
>OH YE OF LITTLE FAITH!!! those of us that learned with welders gloves
>and crossguards (no basket hilts) know the true meaning of PAIN. I have
>many broken fingers. Big deal! It hurt less than the Rodeo bulls I
>was riding previously.
My first SCA weapon was a tachi with a two-inch-thick tsuba; my gauntlets
were a very old hockey gloves. Every shot to a major knuckle managed to
splay the padding just enough for sword to strike flesh. I didn't object so
much to the pain as to my inability to grip a sword with all those new and
alien joints added to my fingers by the blows. Likewise, in the example I
cited of Sir Aveloc's unfortunate coronet list experience, I believe he was
more upset at losing the last round than over the pain and swelling. Of
course, if he could have kept a grip on the sword, the outcome might've been
a bit different.
I must admit to some degree of confusion yet, cousin. I grant that your
experiences suggest a greater tolerance of pain than I enjoy, but I fail to
see how more faith could improve that tolerance. :-)
Yours in Service
Sir Lyonel Oliver Grace
Dennis G. Grace
Division of Rhetoric and Composition
University of Texas
Baro, metetz en guatge | Lords, pawn your castles,
Chastels e vilas e ciutatz | your towns and cities.
Enanz qu'usquecs no'us guerreiatz | Before you're beat to the draw,
draw your swords.
-- Bertran de Born (a really fun Viscount)
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