Faith, here's an equivocator

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Currently reading/watching/listening to: Quatrevingt-treize, Shakespeare, Welcome to Night Vale

Other recurring themes/previous obsessions: The Silmarillion, the French Revolution

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It’s time to bring this back, I think.

always a good time for that :D

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…and also reading the Arden edition of King Richard II. I am learning so much about medieval law! - just enough to understand how much I don’t understand, really, but I still find it all fascinating.

(I’m not at the stage of reading the play as a story (or as poetry) yet, I am basically reading every single note, and there are more notes than play text in this edition. But it is all very interesting and features extensive quotations from Shakespeare’s sources, in their original ortography.)

And anyway, when did sexual attraction become the sole metric for physical beauty? Is a sunset “ugly” just because you don’t want to fuck it? What about a waterfall? A horse? Ireland? A song?

Why We Need More ‘Ugly’ People On TV (via jumbleofnotes)

This is a totally legit point, of course, but at the same time, the choice of examples always makes me wonder if the author recently watched the Eurovision episode of Father Ted.

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Am also still reading Das Kapital (almost finished!), and I wouldn’t have expected Karl Marx to attack reformation and secularisation, but in this chapter about the “original accumulation” (if that is what it’s called in English), he describes secularisation (in the Dissolution of the Monasteries sense) as part and parcel of the process of converting land into private property, expropriating small farmers, enclosing communal land, and replacing people with sheep (and afterwards, in some cases, sheep with game, an aspect of the whole thing that I hadn’t heard of before), the only difference being that when land belonging to the Church becomes private property, in addition to all the above-mentioned consequences, the poor are deprived of their legal right to a part of the tithe.

He’s also generally always particularly hard on Protestant English hypocrisy, which I suppose makes sense because there’s definitely some connection between capitalism and the Protestant Work Ethic.

(And it’s a completely different reformation and entirely unrelated, but I’m just going to mention here that Jenny Marx admired Martin Luther as a writer.)

And then he started quoting from the same chronicle Shakespeare used as a source for his history plays.

And then he started extensively quoting from Thomas More’s Utopia.

How is there always some connection between this book and whatever else I’m reading at the moment? It is starting to get uncanny.





Warning: this post will be very long. Because this is my favorite chapter of the book.

"Then he knelt down and raised Gauvain’s hand gently to his lips."

So earlier I said, when Cimourdain offered to sacrifice himself to prevent the battle, that he wanted to be the Christ figure but that in a…

I’ve been thinking about the Judas thing, which I didn’t even see there until you pointed it out, because the circumstances of the two kisses are so different. In the Bible, the kiss is the thing by which Judas betrays Jesus, by identifying him to the soldiers; but Cimourdain’s kiss is a genuine sign of affection and given in private, when Gauvain is already in prison and condemned.

Insofar as he interrogates Gauvain and has the chance to pardon him, but doesn’t, his role is closer to that of Pontius Pilate - but not really that, either, since he doesn’t wash his hands of the responsiblity, and Pilate wasn’t Jesus’ friend.

But he isn’t really Judas, either, because he doesn’t sell Gauvain out to his enemies, but condemns him to death because he honestly believes it is the right thing to do. I’m not even sure I would call it a betrayal, since they both knew from the start that if Gauvain did that, Cimourdain would have to do this. (And he also wasn’t Gauvain’s disciple, but rather the other way around, at least until this very moment.) (In a way, Gauvain even plays the role of Judas himself, by giving himself up and positively insisting on his execution.)

Not that there needs to be an exact parallel for someone to be a Judas figure - but I think, if there is any deeper parallel between Cimourdain and Judas, it lies in that very point robertawickham made: that they work together by betraying each other. Because Jesus needed to die in order to defeat death, and he knew this. And Judas, whether he knew it or not, was thus fulfilling a necessary role in a greater plan - the difference is that Cimourdain gets the chance to understand it (I’m not sure to what extent he really does, certainly not fully). As for their eating and drinking together being reminiscent of the last supper, it is certainly significant that this also, like the kiss, happens after Gauvain’s arrest and condemnation, and not before like in the biblical story.

Not that any of this keeps him from killing himself.


Sirin and AlkonostThe Birds of Joy and Sorrow (1896), Viktor Vasnetsov



This is so true it’s not even funny.


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If you like my work, check out my Patreon, which is just $1.74 away from $200!

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