The Dracantapede Page

The Dracantapede appears here and there, now and then, to this one and that one . .

The Dracantapede is a much misunderstood and sadly maligned beast, in spite of its pretty face.  Dracantapedes do not steal food like Harpies; they don't pull you 
underwater like Mermaids; they don't drive you mad with their singing like Sirens.  Gentle and articulate, they make perfect garden companions--
and their advice can be relied upon implicitly.  You should always do what a Dracantapede suggests.

The word Dracantapede has also been spelled Dracontopede and even, rather horribly, Draconcopede.  But they don't really like to be called Draconcopedes.  Would you?



The common or garden Dracantapede is often depicted with wings and crowns as well as tails.  They are usually very generous about food and nutritional advice.


 They also like baths.

Consider the thoughtful analysis of Elwood P. Dowd: "You know, years ago, my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be . . .'--she always called me 'Elwood'--'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me."   This is exactly the outlook of the dracantapede.  Pay no attention to that other garden business . . . Was offering Eve the apple such a very bad thing?



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