A pattern started to emerge in the previous category, which I called man, woman, and animal. The pattern is more evident in the category for today. With the man removed from the picture, it becomes clear that the relationship of woman to animal is either: a) the animal as a threat to the woman (in the same way a monster is a threat); or b) the animal as a pet, companion, or helper to the woman. The animal may even go so far as being an alternate identity for the woman or a kind of witch's familiar. We'll see more of that in the next category, woman and wolf.
|Weird Tales, November 1935. Cover story: "Shadows in Zamboula" by Robert E. Howard. Cover art by Margaret Brundage. A Conan cover without Conan. Instead we have snakes, and the threat of the animal is back.|
|Margaret Brundage's drawing of a woman with an ermine reminds me of Leonardo's well known and beautifully done painting "Lady with an Ermine" from about 1489-1490.|
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