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The Esoteric-Exoteric Factor in Folklore

L Aufsätze W i l l i a mHugh J an sen, Lexington The Esoteric-Exoteric Factor in Folklore1 During the 1957 celebration of that traditional American folk festival the World Series, a television viewing room was unofficially set up at my home university for the benefit of faculty members who had both untimely classes and a conscience. During the games, the televiewers were about evenly divided between harried professors and members of the Negro janitorial staff of the University, which, incidentally, is going through the throes of integration. At what some sports writers used to call a crucial moment in one of the later games, Hank Aaron, hero of the Milwaukee Braves, struck out. For the benefit of the Milwaukee partisans present, one of the janitors spoke up, "Don't worry; one of our boys will be up this inning/' A disgruntled Yankee rooter, a professor, growled, "So what? Covington hasn't done anything today." The janitor looked puzzled for a moment, then with dawning comprehension said gently, "That's right, but Frank Torre's my boy." Genuinely sensitive to interracial etiquette, the professor had no resort but uncomfortable silence compounded by the defeat of his Yankees. Later, still brooding over the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Fabula de Gruyter

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