Bolshevism or Ballism?

I'll be fair, I only picked this image because I like the idea of 'Ballism' and a 19th century woman with a gun.

My dear Fleming is currently reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. She assures me that it’s a very famous book, and that my mother and sister will have most certainly read it, and that my father will equally as certainly not.

During my evening of emailing whos-its and reading blogs about whats-its, my dear lady has been on the couch beside me chuckling her way through Lawrence’s crafy 19th century sexual references. During one of her non-chuckling moments, she turned to ask me what ‘Bolshevism‘ meant, knowing full well that it was a very simple word and that of course I knew it, and that even she knew it, however it was unfortunately stuck on the tip of one of her many linguistic tongues. I, as a good proper Australian, have never heard of a word containing more than two syllabols, so insisted it was a typo and should read ‘Ballism’, which means one who is judgmental to all things balls.

I do not wish to ask Google for help , as I fear they will side with Annelies against my rallying cry for Ballism.

In any case, her favourite line is currently line 27, page 41:

Me? Oh. Intellectually I believe in having a good heart, a chirpy penis, a lively intelligence, and the courage to say ‘ shit!’  in front of a lady.

Ahhh 19th Century, the things we can learn from you still!

One thought on “Bolshevism or Ballism?

  1. My father sent this pearler of a comment:

    “I have read D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” way back in the 60’s after Dad had read the paperback version. We were living in Sydney between 1959 and 1963
    at Turramurra on the North Shore. Dad read this controversial book concealed in a green plastic cover whilst travelling to and from work in the City six days a week.
    It was either banned at the time or the ban had recently been lifted by the Commonwealth Censor who had judged it to be a lurid book!!!!

    Yes we actually had censorship of literature in those days and when the then Liberal Party Minister for Customs, Don Chip, (who later went on to found the Australian Democrat Party) abolished literary
    censorship, there was uproar from the wowser elements in the nation.

    My memory of the book is that it was about Lady Chatterley’s relationship with her male gardener.

    Lenin was the leader of the Bolshevics during the Russian Revolution and they were opposed by the Menshevics who followed a different interpretation of Marxism.
    The Bolshevics violently defeated the Menshevics and all other parties including the White Russians and set up a single party police state. Lenin died or was murdered and Stalin succeeded
    him.

    In the West, the term “Bolshevism” was often used instead of the word “Communism” when referring to a political system which was theoretically “classless” and in which the State controlled the means of production, distribution and exchange.

    I don’t know the context in which the word “Bolshevism” was applied in the novel. England at the time was rigidly class structured (even more than it is now!) and anyone who dared to defy these ‘class boundaries’ and behave as if they didn’t exist might be accused of being ‘radical’ or ‘guilty’ of Bolshevism be they aristocratic ladies or humble gardeners!!

    D.H Lawrence came to Australia back in the 1920’s (?) and wrote a book called “Kangaroo”

    I wrote this stuff without consulting my books or Mr Google and hope that it helps you!! Will most likely now have a look at Google to see if I have made errors.

    We now have less than four weeks by date before we leave for Europe and we are getting very excited about seeing you.

    Tons of love,

    Dad”

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