7.0258 Q: Black Ox (1/6)

Wed, 20 Oct 1993 06:59:52 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0258. Wednesday, 20 Oct 1993.

Date: Mon, 18 Oct 93 11:03:27 -0500
From: Alan D Corre <corre@convex.csd.uwm.edu>
Subject: Query

In Meredith's novel *The Ordeal of Richard Feverel* there is a passage
where a lower-class British speaker c. 1850 is describing the happy
recovery of a young lady from a typical Victorian fainting-fit. She
declares that the black ox has not stepped on her foot. Is this some
kind of classical reference? What is the black ox?