The present note is to ask you to [...] tell me if there is a centaur in the Cathedral.
Atkins' son Wulstan was dispatched to sweep the Cathedral for mythological beasts. Years later, he recalled the hunt:
I well remember this request since I was confident that there was a centaur in the cathedral and it was carved on one of the mediaeval misericord seats. My father tactfully suggested that before he replied we should have another look at it since he would have to describe it in detail. You can imagine my chagrin when a closer look showed that it was a man riding a lion, and not a centaur at all. We examined all the thirty-seven misericord seats, and the arcade carvings in the choir transepts and Lady Chapel, but no centaur could be found. We must have been blind; there is, in fact, a very fine centaur in the west wall arcading of the south choir transept.
#7 Rabbit Riding a Greyhound
#6 Feather-headed Man Pigs
And yet they are so much more than that. The one on the left has a couple of eagle legs at the front as well as the back end of a horse. The one on the right appears to be sporting a cow's tail. Everything is nicely fused together now but these are the sort of centaurs you make on your first attempt, before you learn that less is more. They are bling centaurs.
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