A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Spider Redux

The Famous History of The Life of King Henry the Eighth, by William Shakespeare
Act I, Scene I

NORFOLK (speaking of Thomas, Cardinal Wolsey, Archbishop of York):

Surely, sir,
There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends;
For, being not propp'd by ancestry, whose grace
Chalks successors their way, nor call'd upon
For high feats done to the crown; neither allied
For eminent assistants; but, spider-like,
Out of his self-drawing web, he gives us note,
The force of his own merit makes his way
A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
A place next to the king.


Anonymous Christopher said...

Gee someone was probably pestering you about spider quotations so you had to work the concordance last night, eh?

10:47 AM  
Blogger Cicily Corbett said...

well, at least i know HOW to work a concordance...and i always keep the riverside shakespeare within arm's reach of this desk.

11:36 AM  

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