[ilds] Rg Justine 1.11 -- foetus

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Mon Apr 23 20:16:36 PDT 2007

For the gnostics, the material world created by Sophia's fall was one 
of confusion, agony and remorse; it was an ektroma, an abortion.


On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at 03:39  am, william godshalk wrote:

> Yes, I was just rereading that passage, and puzzling over picture. Is 
> it a picture in the mind's eye of the narrator? Or a picture painted 
> by Clea? A photo seems unlikely.
> And the fœtus? Is it a picture of a genuine abortion? The abortion of 
> Justine's child? Or of some other? If some other, why does Justine 
> bend over the sink?
> More textual indeterminants?
> Nevertheless I can still see a direct connection between the picture 
> of Justine bending over the dirty sink with the fœtus in it, and poor 
> Sophia of Valentinus who died for a love as perfect as it was 
> wrong-headed.  (1.11)
> Another "child" moment.  LD is giving Dickens a run for the title. Can 
> someone explicate the "picture" here?  The Sophia business is not 
> nearly so difficult, I think, as the when, where, and why of what 
> Justine is doing.  Another darksome glance at LD's biography?  Right 
> now I have the vaguely weird feeling that in Alex the sinks come with 
> fœti. . . .
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