Another snail


I drew another containing/contained/spirit snail drawing, inspired by The Anatomy of Melancholy. But this one is also inspired by a lesser-known Patricia Highsmith short story called “The Quest for Blank Claveringi,” originally published in her 1970 short story collection, The Snail-Watcher and Other Stories. I couldn’t find it online anywhere, sadly, so I can’t link to it. But suffice to say, did you know that snails have teeth? LIKE REALLY A LOT OF TEETH? I bet you are guessing at how many right now, and I can tell you, it depends on the species but probably it’s way more than that.

I read “The Quest for Blank Claveringi” for the first time twenty-five years ago, and I still have snail-y nightmares. It is a spectacular work of short fiction.

So anyways… Right now I’m reading a section of The Anatomy of Melancholy that is about meat. I didn’t feel like drawing meat today. I felt like drawing a toothy snail.


This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.


  1. I’ve been fighting for my life trying to find The Quest for Blank Claveringi Anywhere online. I found this post in my travels. Just saying hi!

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