Thomas, Richard, and Dumbella
pyas at swipnet.se
Mon Nov 5 18:19:39 CET 2001
Regarding Dumbella/Della as HDL's mother:
> I don't think the names exclude each other. Her name is Della, and
>as a boy, Donald- never known for his subtlety- could jokingly have called
As David (quoted above) and Don have pointed out, this seems indeed a very
viable solution. But it could also be the other way round. Her real name
might be Dumbella, but she might prefer to use Della as a shortened form.
Not unlike any other Tom, Dick, or... well, maybe not the Harry we know.
Such an interpretation is hinted in the Swedish version of Don's "Duck
Family Tree", where her name (at my suggestion) is given as
Dumbella "Della" Anka
where "Anka" of course is the equivalent to "Duck".
Although not exactly pretty or flattering, the name "Dumbella" isn't quite
so insulting in Swedish as in English. We know what "dum/b" is, but the
dumbbells we might have around us aren't called anything like that. To me,
the suffix "-bella" actually sounds nice. Almost like it would in Italian,
Picky researchers might want to use the first-appearing name as the most
"original" and therefore most "correct". That would be Della; since, again
to quote David:
>first comic strip appearance (1937), it's Donald's sister "Della" who is
>mentioned as being the boys' mother.
> When a cartoon came out in 1938 with the same idea, now the mother
>was named Dumbella,
But I think it's presumed that the comic and the cartoon were conceived and
produced more or less simultaneously, the cartoon just taking longer to
finish. Also, to blindly use the first appearance as evidence might mess up
the relations even further. I seem to recall that in the Sunday comic page
of 1937, it was "cousin" Della who sent the kids to Donald. Not the sister,
as in the cartoon of 1938 ("sister Dumbella").
Or maybe my memory, or some other part of my feather-brain, is on the wrong
track somewhere here?
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