Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Literary tiles: Ben Hur by Lew Wallace

More tiles in literature: in Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, young Judah leans over the parapet of his house roof and dislodges some tiles. This scene also appears in the film starring Charlton Heston, though if I remember correctly, it's his sister who leans on the tiles, and Judah takes the rap. I've tried to find an online photo of this incident, to no avail. I've no idea what sort of tiles they are likely to be (presumably some sort of Greek type?), though in the film they look like the standard tegula and imbrex we know and love in the country. The moral of the tale is: tiles can be dangerous if you don't look after them...

Edit: As requested by Gabriele, here is a link to the main page for Lew Wallace's Ben Hur online text.


Gabriele C. said...

I should add a bit to my Hansa Towns and Brick Cathedrals online diary which I sometimes post in my blog.

Introduction 2
St. Mary Church, L├╝beck

Seems I've gotten someone interested in that stuff here, and it's more fun to write for readers. *grin*

BTW Is there a link to the entire Ben Hur online? I can't find it on the site with the excerpts.

Gabriele C. said...

Thank you. :-)