More Flowers! As Well as Another Passage from DON QUIJOTE

More Irises Blooming Today!

More Irises Blooming Today!

Happy Easter, All.

Self is about a third of the way through Don Quijote (the translation by Burton Raffels).  It is epic.  Going from Anna Karenina to this (bypassing War and Peace) was the right decision, after all.

Here’s a passage self read this morning, from Volume 1, Chapter 38.  It happens to be about war and about Don Quijote’s reflections on gunpowder —  an infernal invention that forever killed nobility and knighthood.  Self finds it very moving:

Those were indeed blessed times which knew nothing of demoniacal cannonading ‘s ghastly fury, the inventor of which must be in Hell, receiving his due reward for so fiendish an invention, which allows a vile, cowardly arm to pluck the life out of a brave knight, who without knowing how it happens, or from whence it comes, and in the full sway of that courage and energy which burn in brave hearts, is struck by a wandering bullet, fired, perhaps, by someone who fled in panic at the roar and glare when he touched off his cursed machine, thus cutting short and forever ending every thought, and indeed the very life, of one who deserved to live all through the long ages.  And when I think of this I must say that my heart is heavy, having taken on this profession of knight errantry, in an age as loathsome as that in which we now live, because although I am myself afraid of nothing, nevertheless it makes me regretful to think that gunpowder and tin may deprive me of the chance to acquire fame and great reputation, across the known world, for the courage of my arm and the keenness of my sword.

Polka is about to bloom!

Polka is about to bloom!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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