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Imagination, or Desire?  

2008-12-29 14:16:27|  分类: 乱翻书 乱弹琴 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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又翻《贵妇画像》,现在读不觉得吃力了,但读着读着有时候有点耐不住-----亨利詹姆斯是不是太耐烦了点?He expressed too much。书前的一篇介绍挺吸引我,摘录几段:

In one sense, Isabel  Archer can be seen as James's " portrait of a lady as a young artist." Isabel doesn't paint  or write, but at the beginning of the novel she views the blak canvas of her own future with what can only be regarded as an artistic vision.  Believing that she is responsible for creating and crafting her own destiny, she thinks  she picks up  and puts down her fate the way a painter would a brush or a writer would a pen. Instead, the reader realizes that Isabel is not the creator of her own life.

It is clear that Isabel has invented and projected whatever integrity, sincerity, and passion she sees in Osmond, much as a child projects personality and responsiveness onto a doll, or a painter creates something beautiful out of ugliness.

Clearly Isabel confuses imagination with desire.

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 Yet Isabel remains one of the sturdiest, strongest and most powerful heroines in any nineteenth-century novel, becoming more heroic in her ability to survive than most of her contemporary textusl heroines are in their deaths. Compared  to Isabel's fierce and independent judgment, the wills of the other characters pale. Her ability to think for herself, coupled with her internal desire to do as much good as she might, sets her apart from  the rabble of the European salons,and from the diluted heroines of lesser novels. who succumb to the evils of a world for which they are too good. Isabel does not sacrifice herself on the altar of social expectation or duty.

Independence for Isabel implies something she must react against or free herself from;  freedom implies genuine  choice, not only reactions born of the wish to choose. She struggles to come to terms with her life --- all of it, not just the paths of which she is most proud.

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这些话触动我。我似乎又清楚了一些事情,另一些又不太清楚了。

 

 

 

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