[ilds] numinous woman

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Wed Jul 4 10:48:32 PDT 2007


Well, his nomme de peintre was Epfs which he said was the sound of a 
fart.

:Michael

On Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at 06:38  pm, Bruce Redwine wrote:

> 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.
>
> Bruce
>
> -----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.
>>
>> :Michael
>>
>>
>> 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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