Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Great click-action to the survey in my previous post. Hundreds of people, believe it or not, were apparently quite interested in the results of the survey and came here to peek at the results, even though there were only a few more than 20 responses.

I just finished Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and have moved on to another book, which you can find in the sidebar at your left. I feel like preserving something about the books I've left behind here, which has become a place for me to preserve so many other things. Although I won't say much about it in the way of criticism, and I'm not very good at it anyway, I'll give you a little bit from the story:
Everything was brightness, or dark. The walls, the blazing colours of the flowers in the garden, the nuns' habits were bright, but their veils, the Crucifix hanging from their waists, the shadow of the trees, were black. That was how it was, light and dark, sun and shadow, Heaven and Hell, for one of the nuns knew all about Hell and who does not? But another one knew about Heaven and the attributes of the blessed, of which the least is transcendent beauty. The very least. I could hardly wait for all this ecstasy and once I prayed for a long time to be dead. Then remembered that this was a sin. It's presumption or despair, I forget which, but a mortal sin. So I prayed for a long time about that too, but the thought came, so many things are sins, why? Another sin, to think that. However, happily, Sister Marie Augustine says thoughts are not sins, if they are driven away at once. You say Lord save me I perish. I find it very comforting to know exactly what must be done. All the same, I did not pray so often after that and soon, hardly at all. I felt bolder, happier, more free. But not so safe.

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