[ilds] numinous woman

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 4 09:48:09 PDT 2007

I like "numinous woman."  But what about Martine in Sicilian Carousel?  And Chantal de Legume in Smile in the Mind's Eye?  And Cunegonde in Caesar's Vast Ghost?  I see a pattern here, perhaps a disturbing one.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: Jul 4, 2007 9:34 AM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: [ilds] numinous woman
>Always look for that numinous woman in Durrell's work.  When you have 
>found her, you have found Durrell most alive and his writing at its 
>On Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at 05:14  pm, slighcl wrote:
>> I will follow Michael's account of N. as "presence" with my account of 
>> N. as someone or something "numinous"--that is, a thing of mystery, 
>> brimful of divine presence, as the Victorian Graal poets or perhaps 
>> Santayana would have seen her. 
>> My last question about "N. contrasted with Justine" still interests 
>> me.  Note how Justine is incredibly present as a name in the 
>> Quartet.   She goes from enigma to petty reality (as a peasant in a 
>> commune; then again as a Machiavellian player at the close of Clea) 
>> and then to a new enigma, as if she is able to arrive anew, reborn in 
>> her mystery.

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