Sheer coincidence or casual borrowing may be at work in Penelope when Molly remembers, from her childhood in Gibraltar, the beauty of "the sardines and the bream in Catalan bay round the back of the rock they were fine all silver in the fishermens baskets"—but the resemblance to one of Ezra Pound's fine short lyrics possibly constitutes a kind of homage.

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Box of Fresh Sardines Seafood at a Local Market in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain, a photograph by Joe Fox uploaded in 2013. Source:

2019 photograph by André Delfosse of sardines in Marseille. Source: