Gargoyles and grotesques

Stone ornament of policeman clubbing a criminalThe features of the Yale Campus which stand out in memory are the stone carvings of human figures, various creatures and assorted grotesques on the corners, capitals and faux buttresses of the Gothic buildings.  The Law School in particular had a rich trove of them.  I remember one of a policeman clubbing a criminal, a tribute to the more vigorous, less legalistic enforcement of the law in centuries past.

On Saturday mornings in the fall I would take that weekend’s date on a tour of the carvings.  They never failed to occupy pleasurably the slow time between breakfast and the afternoon’s football game.

– Jay Clasgens