Thank you for compiling this resource kit Maryanne. It must have taken a fair bit of time to do & can save the rest of us a lot! The list seems thorough & the descriptions are direct and to the point. You have created a very useful tool.
To love and hate her husband at the same time; quite the conundrum. The tragedy I feel about this relationship was that the irreconcilable differences were apparent from the beginning. Eustacia and Clym just either chose to ignore them or were totally blinded by passion. They both fell in love with their imagining of the other. An unfortunate folly that lovers long before and probably forever more will continue to make.
You seem to have kept faith with the world 😛
The ability to accept life’s’ inevitable ups and downs is a priceless virtue that will allow us to stop wasting time fretting about the way we think it should be and more time dealing with what is.
It also frees us up from pointless worry about the future and regret for the past.
Did the industrial age force us all to care more about time? Interesting question. I’m sure the bosses always cared about ensuring the machinery of their profits were used to the utmost efficiency. Unfortunately, the workers were seen as merely another part of that machinery and their time was money for the owners. If you need your job in order to survive and your boss is obsessed with how he utilises your time; you, by default, become dominated by time. I can imagine a bastard like Bounderby insisting all his worker have wristwatches in order to eliminate any excuses for lateness.
You really seem to have captured the hopelessness of this wretched situation. That is a very difficult painting to look at for too long. You not only looked at it, but took the time and effort of placing yourself in there. Not a happy place to go. 😦
That’s what I love about stories! They have the power to place us into, not just into other worlds, but other states of mind. Other points of view. The best stories not only keep us intrigued, but have the added ability to offer us a new perspective. It may not change our way of thinking, but at least it shows us there is another way. With each little spark comes the potential for a flame. 🙂
“Poetic paradigm shift” I love it!
I was impressed by the way the artists demonstrated nature’s dominance over humans alongside its splendour. I also thought it would be all beauty and wonder prior to our trip.
Thinking now however, I understand that the sublime often infuses fear alongside fascination. Awe may well be the blending of the two. The fact that Mother Nature, whilst being astonishingly beautiful, could crush us like bugs may well add to her divinity.
Kind of eerie.
Great explanation Rachel.
It’s amazing how Wordsworth can see so much beauty and strength in such a “decrepit man”.
Just as Wordsworth feels he could use some of the old man’s stoicism, I think we could all use some of Wordsworth’s vision. 🙂
You seem to have had a cool mum.
First thing I noticed was the difference between your childhood from ours here in Australia. We live in the sun most of the time.
The idea of playing in the snow just outside is totally alien to me.
However, the idea of wanting to play rather than doing homework, I think is universal.