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Bolha a levélbe'
Flee ’n the letter

Author(s): Viktória Radics
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: EX Symposion Alapítvány
Keywords: Hungarian literaure; Viktória Radics; motive to entertain

Summary/Abstract: Did you use the saying ”don’t lose your pete”? We said it when we saw or thought that somebody yearned for something but did not dare to say so and prohibition was resolved by uttering this and offering some bits so that the person should not get embittered in his yearning. For instance, when the mother was cooking and the child was writing his homework at the table, the mother, saying these words, gave him a piece of cake still before lunch when it was otherwise forbidden to eat sweets. Or when an unexpected guest appeared and made excuses for not wanting to eat by any means saying he just stopped by on his way, and he was offered the cakes and biscuits or rather - using your favourite motive to entertain you - the fruit brandy which was always kept on store. Obviously, this ”pete” comes from appetitus, who, in my childhood, I thought to be a goblin accordingly, a small companion, who, oh, I shall not lose.

  • Issue Year: 2000
  • Issue No: 30-31
  • Page Range: 47-52
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Hungarian