December 9th, 2013

pearl of wisdom

true story

for me, today:

in your spiritual life...
words that embody your presence are "breakthrough".
words that embody things that may be a part of you are "chance, cold, grace, hate, heat, leap".

in your public life....
words that embody people or things in your periphery are "answer, ascent, bear, border, bronze, capital, card, carnival, chrome, enemy, europe, execution, fellowship, flattery, general, god, hornet, hypnosis, letter, mason, medicine, microscope, mountain, mystery, navigator, obedience, party, plague, queen, roulette, throne, tragedy".
pearl of wisdom

each story takes its own path


i.allan learns french ii. the attack on maraisfontein iii. the rescue iv. hernando pereira v. the shooting match vi. the parting vii. allan's call viii. the camp of death ix. the promise

the temples are full of them; and notably the robe of athene, which is carried up to the acropolis at the great panathenaea, is embroidered with them. are all these tales of the gods true, euthyphro?

yes, socrates; and, as i was saying, i can tell you, if you would like to hear them, many other things about the gods which would quite amaze you.

i dare say; and you shall tell me them at some other time when i have leisure. but just at present i would rather hear from you a more precise answer, which you have not as yet given, my friend, to the question, what is 'piety'? when asked, you only replied

you reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society. in one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. precisely so; that is just what we intend.

from the moment when labour can no longer be converted into capital, money, or rent, into a social power capable of being monopolised, i.e., from the moment when individual property can no longer be transformed into bourgeois property, into capital, from that moment, you say individuality vanishes.

and by thus clubbing our books to a common library, we should, while we lik'd to keep them together, have each of us the advantage of using the books of all the other members, which would be nearly as beneficial as if each owned the whole. it was lik'd and agreed to, and we fill'd one end of the room with such books as we could best spare. the number was not so great as we expected; and tho' they had been of great use, yet some inconveniences occurring for want of due care of them, the collection, after about a year, was separated, and each took his books home again

and now i set on foot my first project of a public nature, that for a subscription library.

"bill, i'll bet you ten you can't spill whatever's in the bucket thet peon's packin'," said the outlaw called jim.

black's head came up with the action of a hawk about to swoop.

duane glanced from black to the road, where he saw a crippled peon carrying a tin bucket toward the river. this peon was a half-witted indian who lived in a shack and did odd jobs for the mexicans. duane had met him often.

"jim, i'll take you up," replied black.

something, perhaps a harshness in his voice, caused duane to whirl. he caught a leaping gleam in the outlaw's eye.

"oh then if all you want's a kickable surface the bribe's enormous."

"good. then there it goes!" chad administered his kick with fantastic force and sent an imaginary object flying. it was accordingly as if they were once more rid of the question and could come back to what really concerned him. "of course i shall see you tomorrow."

but strether scarce heeded the plan proposed for this; he had still the impression--not the slighter for the simulated kick--of an irrelevant hornpipe or jig.

"you're restless."

"ah," returned chad as they parted, "you're exciting."

he stepped towards the house, paused and hailed the forecastle.

'got such a thing as a concertina forward?' said he. 'bully for you, uncle ned. fetch it aft, will you?'

the schooner steered very easy; and herrick, watching the moon-whitened sails, was overpowered by drowsiness. a sharp report from the cabin startled him; a third bottle had been opened; and herrick remembered the sea ranger and fourteen island group.

at noon we stopped under a tree by a little stream for lunch. before long a dozen women were lined up in front of us staring at billy with all their might. she nodded and smiled at them. thereupon they sent one of their number away. the messenger returned after a few moments carrying a bunch of the small eating bananas which she laid at our feet. billy fished some beads out of her saddle bags, and presented them. friendly relations having been thus fully established, two or three of the women scurried hastily away, to return a few moments later each with her small ideas there was always with him an intuition of "the sublime tragedy of renunciation, the negation of the will." in trying to explain this, he's full of ideas philosophically, and full of the most amusing contradictions personally.

and what have they told us?

this month will be distinguish'd at home, by the utter dispersing of those ridiculous deluded enthusiasts, commonly call'd the prophets; occasion'd chiefly by seeing the time come that many of their prophecies should be fulfill'd, and then finding themselves deceiv'd by contrary events.
on the 19th three noble ladies of this kingdom will, against all expectation, prove with child, to the great joy of their husbands.
on the 23rd a famous buffoon of the play-house will die a ridiculous death, suitable to his vocation.

at tarragona a lucky accident threw the lagounias in her way, under circumstances which enabled her to recognize the integrity of the spaniard and the noble virtue of his wife. she came to them at a time when her proposal seemed that of a liberating angel. the fortune and honor of the merchant, momentarily compromised, required a prompt and secret succor.