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Re: [mythsoc] Grace's parenthetical point

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  • Bonnie Callahan
    Hi David: This post nearly brought tears to me own eyes...My present sister IS this person. Sarah Smith is so close to being like a woman who was brought into
    Message 1 of 12 , Mar 30, 2005
      Hi David:

      This post nearly brought tears to me own eyes...My present sister IS this person.
      Sarah Smith is so
      close to being like a woman who was brought into my life in 1965 via a high
      school modern dance class,
      who has the same name as the sister I once had who died in 1952. Many have
      mistaken us for sisters since
      those days! So we finally decided, OKAY, we're TRULY sisters. Get Used To It.

      She's more of a Sarah than I've ever been able to achieve. If Mrs. Moore was at
      all like my sis,
      she must've been quite a gal. Life & Art DO interact. Mythopoeism Rules.


      David Bratman wrote:

      > At 11:42 PM 3/28/2005 -0500, Grace Monk wrote:
      > >Yes, his mother died,
      > >but he mentions a governess as well as a nurse, so there were women around
      > >when
      > >he was young. He has a grandmother and an aunt whom he loved and spent time
      > >with. He also writes of his relationship with his mother's first cousin and
      > >her
      > >daughters. He writes of all these women with respect and affection and
      > >mentions their virtues and admirable qualities without any sort of
      > >condescension.
      > Well, there's close relationships and there's close relationships, and John
      > might argue that the women Lewis knew apart from his mother and Mrs. Moore
      > didn't qualify. But if you think there might be something tendentious
      > about such an argument, you could be right.
      > >In
      > >his fiction, the woman he wrote of that most stands out in my mind as an
      > >answer to whether he thought intellect was the measure of superiority is the
      > >woman,
      > >Sarah Smith, in "The Great Divorce." If anyone hasn't read that, I recommend
      > >it highly. However, in the event that some of you haven't had the opportunity
      > >or inclination, I will take the liberty of quoting some of it here: "Aye. She
      > >is one of the great ones.... Every young man or boy that met her became her
      > >son -- even if it was only the boy that brought the meat to her back door.
      > >Every
      > >girl that met her was her daughter.... Few men looked on her without
      > >becoming, in a certain fashion, her lovers. But it was the kind of love that
      > >made them
      > >not less true, but truer, to their own wives.... Every beast and bird that
      > >came near her had its place in her love. In her they became themselves....
      > But
      > >already there is joy enough in the little finger of a great saint such as
      > >yonder lady to waken all the dead things of the universe." She is a wonderful
      > >character, and it is the love she gave everyone she met that makes her so.
      > >It's an
      > >amazing passage. Nothing to do with intelligence or education -- it is the
      > >love of God that she reflects that makes her great.
      > A.N. Wilson, among others, has suggested a resemblance to Mrs. Moore at her
      > best. "Mrs. Moore was demanding, but she was also generous. Much of the
      > shopping and fetching was only necessary because she wanted to entertain
      > and to give people meals. She was naturally gregarious. Children and
      > animals loved her. She was spontaneously affectionate ... She asked much,
      > but she also gave much. She was entirely lacking in English 'reserve'. If
      > one wants to know what she meant to the young Lewis ... one should read the
      > vision in _The Great Divorce_ of a Great Lady surrounded by a procession of
      > angels, children and animals." (hardcover, p. 72)
      > To this, Kathryn Lindskoog believes it is sufficient rebuttal to write,
      > "The bitterly atheistic Mrs. Moore was never a heavenly figure to Lewis."
      > <http://cslewis.drzeus.net/papers/anwilsonerrata.html>
      > David Bratman
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