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beyond the Kuiper Belt, over the sea

A malign and mysterious force

April 30th, 2009 by Kit

Something is conspiring to keep me from reaching Utah for my open water certification.  Just before Africa, I intended to go, but had a headcold, which precluded diving.  Then this most recent time, I had what turned out to be an abscess on my leg (ew) which required lancing (ew ew) and thus precluded diving.  Aaaargh!

In other news, I’ve begun reading Silas Marner, which Katie has well-described as “Eliot Lite”.  It contains this quote, which I think well-captures my feelings since coming out here, sometimes more, sometimes less, but always to a degree:

Even people whose lives have been made various by learning, sometimes find it hard to keep a fast hold on their habitual views of life, on their faith in the Invisible, nay, on the sense that their past joys and sorrows are a real experience, when they are suddenly transported to a new land, where the beings around them know nothing of their history, and share none of their ideas—where their mother earth shows another lap, and human life has other forms than those on which their souls have been nourished.

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  • Ben

    The problem is, I think, that “Eliot lite” is almost a contradiction in terms; when I read Silas Marner (though not carefully), it came across as simplistic and preachy. The heart of Eliot’s wisdom (which I take very seriously; as far as I’m concerned she’s tied with Tolstoy as the greatest moralist in history) comes from subtle exploration of the complexity of human affairs, and that’s not the sort of thing you can capture in a fable. Read Middlemarch; it’ll reward the time you spend.

  • kit

    What I really wanted to get was Daniel Deronda, but I couldn’t find it at the bookstore. I am interested in Middlemarch in theory, but I’ll get to it.