By Jane Gardam
‘I should let you know first and foremost that i'm now not rather general having had a violent adventure on the age of nine'
Jessica Vye's 'violent experience' colours her schooldays and her response to the realm round her- a confining international of Order Marks, wartime regulations, viyella attire, nicely-restrained essays and dusty tea outlets. For Jessica she has been advised that she is 'beyond all attainable doubt', a born author. along with her lack of ability to comply, her absolute compulsion to inform the reality and her commitment to appropriately noting her stories, she understands this besides. yet what she doesn't comprehend is that the reviews that maintain and improve her burgeoning expertise will someday result in a brand new- and completely unforeseen- truth.
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Yet I am not stupid. I know there are broader and perhaps different styles of thought than mine. I am only waiting for my mind to alter, for its upper echelons to open. Perhaps by tomorrow or even in an hour, my 32 thoughts will have changed, but these present thoughts exist, I won't allow my thoughts to be lost. A. CRY The little celestial poet Opens the shutters of his heart, The skies collide. Lethe Uproots the symphony. Groom in the mad house Given wolves to tend, Does not suspect the wraths Smouldering under the vault's Great suspended bay above.
We gratify ourselves with man's minor indecencies in the confessional. There it is, that's all, that's life. YOUNG MAN [very impressed]: Ah, that's it, that's life! Well, it's a mess. PRIEST [still with a Swiss accent]: Of course. It suddenly becomes night. The earth quakes. Thunder rages, lightning zig-zagging everywhere and its flashes light up the characters who run about, bump into one another, fall down, get up again and run like mad. At a given moment a huge hand seizes the WHORE'S hair which catches fire and swells up visibly.
There is also Antonin Artaud. But Antonin Artaud in confinement, on the other side of all mental glass, trying as hard as he can to think of himself as elsewhere than there (at Andre Masson's for instance, who has quite the same appearance as Paolo Uccello, a laminated aspect like an insect or a fool, caught like a fly in the paint, in his painting which in consequence becomes laminated). Besides, Uccello discerns himself in him (Antonin Artaud) but when he discerns himself he is no longer really in him, etc.
A Long Way From Verona by Jane Gardam