25 September 2014

E. Gaskell - Wives and daughters

Citesc acum Wives and Daughters, scrisa de Elizabeth Gaskell. Am revazut filmul acum ceva vreme si mi-am dat seama ca trebuie sa fie si cartea pe undeva. Am descarcat-o de pe Gutenberg.org, dar nu am reusit sa o citesc pe telefon. Asa ca am dat peste ea, in cele din urma, la Biblioteca Metropolitana, in limba engleza. Si ce ma bucur ca e nu e tradusa! Pentru ca modul in care Gaskell se joaca cu cuvintele este de-a dreptul fascinat.

Am ajuns sa il opresc din treburi pe domnul sot sa ii citesc anumite pasaje si imi dau seama, dupa privirea lui usor nedumerita, ca sunt un fel de language geek :))


Notez aici cateva pasaje, sa imi ramana la indemana dupa ce duc cartea la biblioteca.

"[that thought] had slipped off the smooth surface of Mrs. Kirkpatrick's mirror-like mind without leaving any impression."

"His thoughts did not come readily to the surface in the shape of words; nor was he apt at giving comfort till he saw his way clear to the real source from which consolation must come."

"He had a large mouth, with excessively mobile lips; and another trick of his was, that when he was amused at anything, he resisted the impulse to laugh, by a droll manner of twitching and puckering up his mouth, till at length the sense of humour had its way, and his features relaxed, and he broke into a broad sunny smile; his beautiful teeth—his only beautiful feature—breaking out with a white gleam upon the red-brown countenance". 

"He was at that age when young men admire a formed beauty more than a face with any amount of future capability of loveliness, and when they are morbidly conscious of the difficulty of finding subjects of conversation in talking to girls in a state of feminine hobbledehoyhood. Besides, his thoughts were full of other subjects, which he did not intend to allow to ooze out in words."

"Her grave eyes opened large and wide at the close neighbourhood and evident advance of "the earl;" for to her little imagination the grey-haired, red-faced, somewhat clumsy man, was a cross between an arch-angel and a king."

"Mr. Gibson had once or twice amused himself, by leading the vicar on in his agreeable admissions of arguments "as perfectly convincing," and of statements as "curious but undoubted," till he had planted the poor clergyman in a bog of heretical bewilderment."

"He was still Mr. Hall the doctor who could heal all their ailments—unless they died meanwhile".

"She had never spoken so long a sentence to him before; and when she had said it, though she did not take her eyes away from his, as they stood steadily looking at each other, she blushed a little; she could not have told why. Nor did he tell himself why a sudden pleasure came over him as he gazed at her simple expressive face—and for a moment lost the sense of what she was saying, in the sensation of pity for her sad earnestness. In an instant more he was himself again. Only it is pleasant to the wisest, most reasonable youth of one or two and twenty to find himself looked up to as a Mentor by a girl of seventeen."

"Molly found Lord Hollingford, the wise and learned Lord Hollingford, strangely stupid in understanding the mystery of "Cross hands and back again, down the middle and up again."

"But to-night they were unusually late, and the aristocratic ozone being absent from the atmosphere, there was a flatness about the dancing of all those who considered themselves above the plebeian ranks of the tradespeople."

"but her words were always like ready-made clothes, and never fitted individual thoughts. Anybody might have used them, and, with a change of proper names, they might have served to describe any ball."

"[about glamorous and agitated Cynthia] If Molly had not been so entirely loyal to her friend, she might have thought this constant brilliancy a little tiresome when brought into every-day life; it was not the sunshiny rest of a placid lake, it was rather the glitter of the pieces of a broken mirror, which confuses and bewilders."

"So she gets wearied and worried by a crowd of people who are all of them open-mouthed for amusement of some kind; just like a brood of fledglings in a nest; so I have to be parent-bird, and pop morsels into their yellow leathery bills, to find them swallowed down before I can think of where to find the next."

"But for Mr. Gibson he had a warm respect, a strong personal liking, which he should be glad to have ripen into a friendship, if there was time for it in this bustling world."

"[London] is so often represented as the centre of dissipation, corrupting country wives and squires' daughters, and unfitting them for all their duties by the constant whirl of its not always innocent pleasures."

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