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Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape

Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape

by John Ashbery

Dissatisfaction Quotes

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Quote #4

"Actually it's quite pleasant
Here," thought the Sea Hag. "If this is all we need fear from spinach
Then I don't mind so much. Perhaps we could invite Alice the Goon over"--she scratched
One dug pensively--"but Wimpy is such a country
Bumpkin, always burping like that." (32-36)

Once Olive and Swee'pea leave the apartment, the Sea Hag begins to relax and finds the apartment more "pleasant" than she had before. She isn't as worried about what kind of trouble Popeye will stir up under the influence of his beloved spinach. She's not thrilled about the thunder, but she'll deal...worse things have happened. Nonetheless, she can always find something to complain about, like Wimpy's burping.

Quote #5

Popeye chuckled and scratched
His balls: it sure was pleasant to spend a day in the country. (38-39)

All the other characters are restrained by their proper middle-class attitudes, and only Popeye feels comfortable in his own skin. We weren't expecting Popeye to look so happy after Olive's story about being exiled by his father. He has ample grounds for dissatisfaction, but instead he expresses a child-like contentment with the world. Because he is "unthought of" (2), he doesn't have to worry about being watched or judged by the likes of the Sea Hag.

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