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Mar. 7th, 2008

I haven't read Catch 22 in years, but every now and then I am plagued by something that's said in the book. Orr says that Appleby has "flies in his eyes". What the fuck does that mean? I mean, I understand that it means he can't see what's going on around him but why flies in his eyes? Did people used to say that or something?

When Kyle was about 12 or so, I had just reread the book and he was annoying me one day so I told him he had flies in his eyes. He asked me what that meant and I just laughed at him and asked David, "Hey, doesn't Kyle have flies in his eyes?" and of course he agreed. It really pissed Kyle off so, whenever he was being a douche, David and I would be on him with the flies in his eyes thing. It was pretty hilarious. "NO I DO NOT HAVE FLIES IN MY EYES, YOU GUYS SUCK!" "Yes you do!" "DAMMIT!" lol.

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delphica
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I always had the impression that it was a "dead man walking" kind of thing. Like the way a dead body would have flies coming out of its eyes (and doesn't something like that happen in Lord of the Rings?) and it's a way of saying if things on continue on their present course, he will be dead for real.

Other explanation: Orr is crazy annoying.
psycat90
Mar. 8th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Reading this totally cracked me up and brought back those memories of Kyle flipping out. "I don't have flies in my eyes!!"

Hahaha.

I talked to him earlier today. He says he wants to explore being a chef or culinary programs. I guess he's signed up for all kinds of 'family science' classes for next year. According to him it is entirely because he's interested in cooking and has nothing at all to do with meeting girls.
microknot
Mar. 8th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
The quote makes me think of little african children with flies all over their face and eyes and such.
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