Saturday, January 20, 2007

whereas we after a manner see

Bruno of Ampersand offered the following words by Henry James to Marcia, in response to her lovely tribute to Marcia Tucker:

Don't think, don't feel, anymore than
you can help, don't conclude or decide
-- don't do anything but wait. Sorrow
comes in great waves -- no one can know
that better than you -- but it rolls
over us, as though it may almost smother
us it leaves us on the spot and we know
that if it is strong, we are stronger,
inasmuch as it passes and we remain.
It wears us, uses us, but we wear it
and use it in return; and it is blind,
whereas we after a manner see.

-- from a Henry James letter.

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