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41 Skepticism about whether or not Washoe is talking is not based on reasonable or rational considerations, and it may be that no one has yet discovered what such considerations might be. ) All we can do is take a look, abandoning the "cover story," as Cavell calls it, and hoping instead to come up with a fiction that would make sense of what we try to say, about her and to her, realizing that there may be no such fictions about fully wild animals, except the sort Jane Goodall tells, which are about their territories, not ours.
But it is in memory of Gunner, who was the one who so generously and vigorously brought matters before my conscious mind. And it is for Donald Davie, who taught nobly at Stanford. Were it not for him and his poetry and what I learned from them about narrative, fighting fair and something that could be called discovering the textures of actuality, I might still be sitting in the back of the lecture hall, in mute frustration. By Way of Explanation 17 And for Eleanor Carey, Marsh Van Deusen and Robert Tragesser, quick and subtle listeners who were able to hear and respond to the bits of genuine thought that emerged from my ramblings as acutely as even Gunner ever did.
He plows through, more or less blindly, with a faith born of dimly remembered tales. " Joe does a real retrieve, a retrieve that could go through fire. This may be the first time in the handler's life that language has provedprobed-the world and drawn a full, meaningful and serious response from another being. He steps, for the moment at least, out of schizophrenia and into position next to his dog, a whole human being in that moment, though not necessarily from that moment on. He also, incidentally, steps out of the schizophrenia of American myths of the splendors of isolation.
Adam's Task: Calling Animals by Name by Vicki Hearne