[ilds] Corfu memoirs &

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 4 07:26:00 PDT 2007


Yes, she's there in the backgound, but not prominent, as eerie as Kafka's habit of identifying a character by a single letter (K. im SchloB).

Bruce 

-----Original Message-----
>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>Sent: Jul 4, 2007 7:10 AM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Corfu memoirs & "N."
>
>On 7/4/2007 9:54 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>
>>She's not much of a presence in Prospero's Cell either, as I dimly recall.
>>
>Nancy of course appears under the sign of "N." in /Prospero's Cell/, and 
>at least for this reader that enigmatic initial has always made her more 
>magnetic and, strangely, more present. 
>
>I will recall here that (at least in the account given in /Prospero's 
>Cell/) it is "N." who decides to build "a garden on the rock outside the 
>house"--"the design is N.'s."  And it is "N." who purchases and 
>christens the cutter, the "Van Norden." 
>
>And this image permanently tattoos "N." upon my memory in its power:
>
>        The windows give directly on to the sea[. . . .] By day it runs
>        golden on the ceilings, reflecting back the bright peasant
>        rugs--a ship, a gorgon, a loom, a cypress tree; reflecting back
>        the warm crude pottery of our table; reflecting back N. now
>        brown-skinned and blonde, reading in a chair with her legs
>        tucked under her.  Calm eyes, calm hair, and clear white teeth
>        like those of a young carnivore.  As Father Nicholas says: "What
>        more does a man want than an olive-tree, a native island, and
>        [a] woman from his own place?"
>
>Charles




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