[ilds] numinous woman

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 4 10:38:39 PDT 2007

I first read "inflatability" as some form of "flatulence."  I often do that, but if there is a noun form of flatulence, it also works in this context.  I also think Durrell would have liked that.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: Jul 4, 2007 10:36 AM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] numinous woman
>The movement is towards inflatability.
>On Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at 05:48  pm, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> 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.
>> Bruce
>> -----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
>>> best.
>>> :Michael
>>> 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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