Monday, May 17, 2010

The Blithedale Romance. Nathaniel Hawthorne (4)

1852. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc. 1983. (4)

Why read it? Early feminist novel. The obsessive nature of reformers.

“Then, again, we may rest certain that our friends of today will not be our friends of a few years hence.” p. 698. ………. “…a man cannot…more effectually show his contempt for a brother-mortal, nor more gallingly assume a position of superiority, than by addressing him as ‘friend.’ ” p. 711. ………. “But real life never arranges itself exactly like a romance.” p. 722. ………. “Zenobia, besides, was fond of giving us readings from Shakespeare, and often with a depth of tragic power, or breadth of comic effect, that made one feel it an intolerable wrong to the world, that she did not go at once upon the stage.” p. 725. ………. Zenobia: “It is my belief—yes, and my prophecy, should I die before it happens—that, when my sex shall achieve its rights, there will be ten eloquent women, where there is now one eloquent man.” p. 737. ………. Zonobia: “Thus far, no woman in the world has ever once spoken out her whole heart and her whole mind.” p. 737. ………. Zenobia: “It Is with the living voice, alone, that she [woman], can compel the world to recognize the light of her intellect and the depth of her heart.” p. 738. ………. Zenobia on Priscilla: “She is the type of womanhood, such as man has spent centuries in making it.” p. 739. ………. Zenobia: In denying us [women] our rights, he [man] betrays even more blindness to his own interests….” p. 739.

To be continued.

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