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Clement Masakure

nursing narratives that linked the profession with the ‘advancement’ of African women. Though highly contested, nurses linked this ‘advancement’ with the quest for respectability and improved social status. Nursing provided stability, brought respect and enabled women to be in charge of their lives. The nurses argued that, while becoming a nurse was a personal ‘advancement’, the progress was representative of the ‘advancement’ of African women in general. Yvonne Vera, in her fictional account of Bulawayo portrayed in Butterfly Burning (1998), illuminated the meaning

in African nurses and everyday work in twentieth-century Zimbabwe
Lichtenberg’s excretory vision of Hogarth’s A Harlot’s Progress
Anthony Mahler

augur (haruspex) did not see it, or the woman [the future in] the grounds of the coffee cup.’81 Lichtenberg does not dispute the idea that the future could be read out of entrails or coffee grounds: ‘no one will deny that, in a world in which everything is related by cause and effect, and where nothing occurs by miracles, every part is a mirror of the whole. … No one doubts this absolute readability of everything in everything.’82 With a Leibnizbased belief in a kind of butterfly-effect, Lichtenberg postulates that the form of the entrails is quite possibly

in Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century
Medicine and the world of letters
Michael Brown

the social affectations and pretensions of a native ‘Butterfly Gentleman’. This ‘Beau’, this ‘supercilious macaroni’ was one of Charles’s companions on a coach from Brighton to York: He seemed to pride himself upon his powdered head and genteel address, and seemed to be blown up like a bladder with self-conceit and impudence. He sat stiff and erect, as if he had swallowed a hedge snake, and appeared as if it would have put out his Eyes, to have exchanged a glance with any one, who did not admire his tout ensemble, and as such was very sparing of casting a look, that

in Performing medicine
British POW medics’ memoirs of the Second World War
Carol Acton and Jane Potter

Haruku … a coral island brought above sea level – indeed, turned into a small mountain – by volcanic action. It is beautiful, fertile and renowned throughout the world for its butterflies. The other islands in the Moluccas group are Ceram, Buru, Ambon and Saparua, all covered by lush vegetation and separated by narrow seas whose astonishingly clear blue colour has to be seen to be believed.121 Philps’s imprisonment on the Spice Islands ‘had a nightmare quality which makes some parts of it difficult to recall, indeed, up to this point in my life I have found the whole

in Working in a world of hurt