By John Ruskin
For as i glance deeper into the reflect, i locate myself a extra curious individual than I had thought.'
John Ruskin (1819-1900) was once a towering determine of the 19th century: an paintings critic who spoke up for J. M. W. Turner and for the paintings of the Italian heart a while; a social critic whose aspiration for, and unhappiness in, the way forward for nice Britain was once expressed in essentially the most bright prose within the language. Ruskin's incomplete autobiography was once written among sessions of great psychological sickness on the finish of his occupation, and is an eloquent research of the guiding powers of his life,
both private and non-private. An elegy for misplaced areas and other people, Praeterita recounts Ruskin's extreme formative years, his time as an undergraduate at Oxford, and, so much of all, his trips throughout France, the Alps, and northern Italy. responsive to the human or divine which means of every little thing round him,
Praeterita is an surprising account of revelation.
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As a consistent idler I decided to do nothing at all, particularly because there was in fact nothing that could be done beyond commending myself to the care of the Almighty. And so the fatal day came, in April, I believe, 1922. We all took our seats in the largest hall in the school, each on a separate bench so as to prevent cheating, and in deathly silence we were given the topic for our Polish essay. I wrote a lot and was quite pleased with myself. The real tragedy began the following day, when a sheet of paper appeared on my desk bearing a Latin text that was to be translated.
And solemn. These were the kinds of leaps I made between clownishness and gravity, between playing the fool and real suffering. And all the while I was unable to cope with the whole Polish farce, with that disequilibrium of ours. It was an ocean in which I was drowning; yet I also carried it within myself. From Rabka I made a brief excursion to Zakopane; one evening, entering Trzaska's or Karpowicz's, at a table in the depths of the restaurant I spotted a familiar face: Boy-Zeleriski! 44 Polish Memories I didn't know him personally, but I knew who he was: a writer, representing intelligence, talent, Europe.
The lady engineers and lady lawyers who visit from Poland still appear rather formal alongside the Argentinians with their easy ways, and their manner of expressing themselves is still marked by a mania for titles, though these are now bourgeois and bureaucratic rather than noble in character. When certain customs are on the wane, they succumb to a kind of sclerosis; they lose their living core, and what remains is merely the stiffness of "pure form," as Witkiewicz would have put it. Now, I found myself fascinated by this formalism.