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
> >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
> >daughters. He writes of all these women with respect and affection and
> >mentions their virtues and admirable qualities without any sort of
> 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.
> >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
> >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.
> >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....
> >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."
> David Bratman
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