The English Jacobo used broke every rule of grammar and invented some rules of its own. One of his most confusing habits was to reverse the gender of third person pronouns. In Jacobo’s stories “he” commonly became “she” and “her” became “his” so that you never quite knew if the horse he spoke of belonged to a woman who had a gelding or a man who kept a mare. The matter was rendered more difficult by the fact that the reversal of genders was inconsistent. Cows were nearly always she, but mares, bitches, and women were frequently he, and inanimate things, like horseshoes, cars, and fence posts, might take on either gender, or both.