Saturday, March 16, 2013

Waiting to cross the river

This is one of the pictures that I call fromthecar.
I don't bother to put spaces because Flickr doesn't use those in its tagging system.They don't want capital letters, either. As we travel, I shoot, either through the closed window, or an open one. In this case we had to wait for some road work at the Owyhee River on the way to Idaho from Winnemucca, that classic midway point in many Western journeys.This is not the river itself, but rather a sort of lagoon near the river. Some sort of waterfowl were in the water, but too far away to be certain what they were.

Speaking of waiting to cross, we decided to watch the British TV series Middlemarch on Netflix last night. Then, after watching the first segment, we decided to stop and read the book first. And then watch the series. Middlemarch is one of those terrifying books that you don't really have to read (they assign shorter ones, mostly)  or that you don't really want to read. (perhaps put off by the grim visage of the author, or her stern persona.) But the greatness of the thing makes you feel you must sometime read it, just maybe not now. What a surprise to find how funny it is! I keep reading bits out loud, which S. has already heard, because he was listening to it as an Audible book--which is what started this whole thing. Such marvelous language, such acrid and funny and freshly expressed observations. What a delight to encounter prose like this!
And FREE on Kindle!

There aren't very many passages that have been highlighted by other Kindlers,
but here is one that has 176 hjghlighters. It is certainly wise, but not as funny (except perhaps for the 'pale about the lips' part) as sharp or clever as many other passages. And I am only getting started.

"We mortals, men and women devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, "Oh, nothing!"
Pride helps us and  pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts-not to hurt others."
(Middlemarch, at end of Chapter VI)

Good Night! And don't be TOO proud. . .

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