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Saturday, June 26, 2010

the immortal soul...




From the perspective of the classic Children's novel The Secret Garden:

"I shall get well! I shall get well!" he cried out."Mary! Dickon! I shall get well! And I shall live forever and ever and ever!"
One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands alone and throws one's head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one's heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun-- which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in some one's eyes.

-Francis Hodgson Burnett


7 comments:

  1. Oh, good one. I want to hear more about what you're learning in your classes.

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  2. I love this book and you have the best photo to go with the quote!

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  3. This was one of our favorite "read aloud" books when my children were small. I still love it and loved both movie versions.

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  4. I first read The Secret Garden this winter and loved it!
    PS. Did you get what I've sent you?

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  5. YES! I just got it yesterday and LOVE everything about it!

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