[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 123, Issue 2_ Message 1_Alexandria Quartet

Sumantra Nag sumantranag at gmail.com
Sun Dec 10 19:46:51 PST 2017


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Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:23:28 -0500
From: iefseymour at aol.com
To: ilds at lists.uvic.cz, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
Subject: [ilds] Alexandria Quartet
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"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?"
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Ian Seymour,

The passage appears in *Balthazar. *In the opening pages when Balthazar
arrives unexpectedly at the island to meet Darley and speaks about Nessim
wanting to see his daughter born from Melissa.

"And he quoted in Greek: '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.'"

(Page 214 of The Alexandria Quartet, paperback, Faber and Faber, 1968/1974)

The line appears on the sixth page of the text of *Balthazar, *Part I, 1.

Regards

Sumantra Nag

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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:23:28 -0500
From: iefseymour at aol.com
To: ilds at lists.uvic.cz, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
Subject: [ilds] Alexandria Quartet
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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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Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:07:03 -0800
From: James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [ilds] Alexandria Quartet
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Dear all,

The message below is from an off-list, non-subscribed email account, so
if you have input, please write to him directly or include his email in
your response (he won't receive messages sent directly to the listserv
only).

All best,
James

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Subject: Alexandria Quartet
From: iefseymour at aol.com
Date: 2017-12-10, 4:23 AM
To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca

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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