Friday, February 17, 2012
Hysteria is Eaglethorpe Buxton's horse. I don't know how I came up with the name, I just remember giggling as I wrote it. It probably goes back to the evocative names in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," an awesomely funny play in which the Romans all have names like Lascivious and Stupendous. Of course, Hysteria is such a great name, because it tells us that she isn't the steady warhorse a real hero should have. Also hysteria is such a great word, full of meaning and rife with sexism.