To J. W. Worthy, admirable Servant of Thoth:
While it cannot be denied, dear Professor, that your manners may be excused by your dusty origins, nor indeed that we may at times find amusing that unpolished masculinity--nonetheless, importunance is seldom forgivable. Your respondents, and often you yourself, regularly find textual evidence for matters we know not of. Your theme being literature, the surpassing powers of Thoth, god of interpretation, are clearly familiar to you.
But your lettering is in itself so devoid of meaning! It acts as a flashing mirror, now blinding you, now casting your own visage back into your eye. This Jesus, or Joshua, "Savior"--you know, do you not, that most boys along the Herodian coast bear this name in some form--have you any idea how many of them are regularly lifted up to adorn those perfectly marvelous Roman pavements? On our visit to the city we found the stench insufferable.
But this one, you say, was in truth Dionysus, who so frequently wanders the earth in human form. His mother seeks out David's city for her travail. With Israel he descends into Egypt. He delivers a sermon from the mount like Moshe, spends three days and three nights in the pit like Jussup (or was it the whale's belly?), and he rises again like Osiris, or Elijah--who can say how they all are called--and we drink his blood like Mithra's. You draw all this from your careful reading of holy books. We are amused by, and appropriately grateful to you, worthy Thoth.
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Please Return to: Professor Worthy's Page, or
view the correspondence with Cleopatra,
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