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Utilizing contemporary advances in literary thought, Winkler tackles the elusive which means of Apuleius's `The Golden Ass', specifically the connection among publication and reader.

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For that last sentence is not only a superb example of logical bathos (a fall-almost a pratfallfrom the serious point about audience beliefs1 but couches the argument of audience enjoyment jn terms of Lucius's horse's enjoyment of the tale. The fillip ofBook 11 forces us to wonder about the design of the whole and the latencies we may have missed before: and so we gingerly ask, Is there a pattern lurking behind the siUy irruptions of un- reason? Why this orderly pairing of rational and irrational-of serious and facetious arguments.

The active role often assigned to a tale narrator (setting up the audience to be ancntivc and well disposed) is instead taken on by Lucius. He lectures them both: •• Hut you now. who began. come on-an it please you-retread your tale. I wiJl replace this fellow, an audience of one, and \'l:il1 take what you say on faith. At the first hostelry we 10. H. James. •w York, 1909}. 15: 233. 31. )\, ptlSioJilalll cJrdll4l IIINIIium ('( /ubriia lldlfittltl t'l P\lSdJa (ilC"Spilum ff _(/dJtl~ fill1lpt'f111H t•rm·rsunm ...

Come the serpent-twined knotty club of AskJepios~ god and doctor. ment and therapeutic vision, of sword swallowing and immortality, of a healing deity emerging from a street show, may strike us as not unlike the structure of the AA, which also moves from popular entertainment to a religious vision. 7. H. 4). m THE INTERPRETATION OF TALES 31 This is nor to say that the conjunction of sublime and ridiculous is solved in fa\'Or of the sublime, nor that a saving religion lurks in the corners of daily life if only we could sec it.

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