When, prior to her uncanny transformation, Marygold grieves for the rose garden Midas's touch had "blighted," and then fails to notice the breakfast bowl also transmuted on the table before her, the narrator muses: "Perhaps this was all the better; for Marygold was accustomed to take pleasure in looking at the queer figures, and strange trees and houses, that were painted on the circumference of the bowl; and these ornaments were now entirely lost in the yellow hue of the metal" (7:49).
Therefore, when Hawthorne commiserates with Marygold's "queer figures," or when Hercules wrestles with his undying hydra, or when the narrator informs us that "the harder [the hero] pounded the giant [Anteaus] with his club, the farther he seemed from winning the victory" (7:101), what the text enacts is precisely the sort of "gender trouble" Judith Butler has taught us to understand as the compulsive performance of supposedly essential identity, precipitated by repeated failures to accomplish its perfect expression.
Hawthorne adds Marygold
, a representation of childhood perfection, to his revision of the King Midas story in A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys.
is a daughter of Contrary Mary, who won eight times for trainer John Akehurst and owner-breeder Tony Pitt.
Another filly, the John Akehurst-trained debutante Marygold
, will become her sire's fourth representative in today's Windsor maiden (5.20).
The team, which also includes mother and daughter Marygold
and Jessica Holliday, have joined a group from the International League for the Protection of the Horse, travelling with a team of gauchos from Rio de Janeiro to the coastline of Parati.
King said: "I'm very pleased for his owner, Marygold
Ehtefaal's owner Marygold
O'Kelly collapsed leaving the owners' stand as her gelding was being saddled for the handicap hurdle and missed the eight-year-old's six-length victory over Redgrave Wolf, under a good ride from claimer Cummins.