|"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are|
often used synonymously. A person may be proud without
being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves;
vanity, to what we would have others think of us."
" "There are certainly not so many men of large fortune
in the world,
as there are pretty women to deserve them."
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not
pleasure in a good novel,
must be intolerably stupid."
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me
the trouble of liking them a great deal."
"Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong
to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something
is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken."
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Jane's Evening Prayers
"Look with mercy on the sins we
have this day committed and in
mercy make us feel them deeply,
that our repentance may be sincere,
and our resolutions steadfast of endeavoring
against the commission of such in future."
Evening Prayer 1 ( excerpt)
The image is one of the side
windows in Christ Church Cathedral,
where both Jane's father George and
brother James were ordained to the deaconate
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
July 24, 1817, Jane is buried
Cassandra writes to a niece on the day
of the funeral, "I watched the little mournful
procession [Page 258] the length of the street;
and when it turned from my sight and I had
lost her for ever, even then I was not overpowered,
nor so much agitated as I am now in writing of it.
Never was human being more sincerely mourned
by those who attended her remains, than was
this dear creature. May the sorrow with which she is parted with on earth be a prognostic of the joy with which she is hailed in heaven." (Jane Austen :Her Home and Her friends)
But we would remind this writer that "grandeur
depends upon proportion, not size." A recent
critic who maintains that Miss Austen's genius,
in spite of apparently narrow limitations,
had really ample scope, observes: "Ordinary
life was seen by her not dimly and partially
as we see it, but in all its actual vastness,
and it was in this huge field that she worked
with such supreme success. If the 'little
bit of ivory' were only 'two inches wide'
those inches were not of mortal measure.
No! for Ben Jonson has told us that -
"In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be."
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Vassily Kandinsky viewed Claude Monet's
Haystack paintings in 1891 in Moscow.
He was struck by the color and the fact
that he couldn't tell in some of them
what the painting was of. Monet did a
series of Haystack painting in one day
and different seasons to see how the light
changed. Another series was Rouen
Cathedral. Kandinsky comes to Germany,
teaches at Bauhaus in Munich ( an arch-
itectural school) and has the courage from
Monet to paint color. 20 years later, he
paints Abstract Art.
"Odessa. Port"1898 year
Oil on canvas
"Autumn Landscape with Boats"1908 year
Oil on board
Switzerland. The Merzbacher collection
"Bright Picture"1913 year
Oil on canvas
Vassily Kandinsky, Composición VII, 1923
"Strong". 1929 year
Chawton, Hampshire , where Jane
last lived .
Bath, where she moved in 1801
Front view of Chawton.
Our Chawton House, how much we find
Already in it to our mind;
And how convinced that when complete
It will all other houses beat
That ever have been made or mended
With rooms concise or rooms distended.
- Jane Austen to Frank Austen, 1809
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tiershicksale, ( The Fate of the Animals)
Franz Marc, 1913
On the back Marc wrote: "Und Alles Sein
ist flammend Leid" " And all being is
Hans Rookmaacker said in Modern Art
and the Death of Culture:
"We see a rigid structure of cubist style.
If we look closer we discover deer, more
deer , until we see the whole picture is made
up of deer, running, standing, lying. The
fate of the animals : they are bound to
cosmic laws which are rigid and leave no
room for freedom of any kind. They are
bound to die."
"There is deep pessimism behind Marc's
work. We must realize that this is really
much deeper and truer to reality than a
superficial optimism. It does not bypass
the truth of which the Bible speaks when
it says that all creation is groaning in
travail, longing to be set free from its
bondage to decay. Alas , Marc did not
know that there can be salvation from this
death, that creation will be set free."
For we know that the whole creation
groaneth and travaileth in pain
together until now.