[ilds] Alexandria Quartet

Charles Sligh cls9k at virginia.edu
Sun Dec 10 17:07:17 PST 2017

Dear Ian:

I believe that you are in search of the following quotation:

‘First the young, like vines, climb up the dull supports of their elders
who feel their fingers on them, soft and tender; then the old climb down
the lovely supporting bodies of the young into their proper deaths.’

*Balthazar*, I.i

May peace be with you and yours --


Charles L. Sligh
charles.sligh at virginia.edu
Assistant Professor, General Faculty
Department of English
University of Virginia

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 6:23 AM, <iefseymour at aol.com> wrote:

> Hello, I am hoping someone may be able to help. Back in the 1960's I read
> the book at college and a section stuck in my mind. It described creepers
> growing up old structures and supporting them as a metaphor for the newer
> generations supporting their elders. Can some one Tell me where to find the
> passage?
> I would like to use it in a funeral oration, my own sadly, to encourage my
> children to support and help their mother (and others).
> Thanks for your help.
> Ian Seymour, Northern Ireland
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