Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

Well, i got a fair amount done anyway.

Why did i decide to read ALL of The Clansman? It is so, exaggerated, all of it -- the style... the, um, “license” (to say the least) taken with historical accuracy.... (I am curious, though, as to whether there is any truth in the history Ben gives of slavery in the South and the North. And i’m now curious as to how the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson actually went. And to what Lincoln really thought about giving freed slaves the vote.) Chills when they first mentioned a “clan” and i realized where it was leading. And cringing at the description of the negro legislature -- people make me wanna vom sometimes. The KKK is frightening. OMG! A Tale of Two Cities-esque ending. Not fair! Damn you, Thomas Dixon., Jr., sullying one of the greatest works of literature. But damn, well-done. Seriously, the ending is very well-done.

The book wasn’t what i expected, though, and i’ll be interested to see what Birth of A Nation is like (yes, we’re viewing that for class in a few weeks) though really i would have been happy to not partake of either of these, but this is what i get for taking a post-Civil War American literature class. And i do like direct familiarity with cultural referents.

Most anything has at least one great line in it, though.
“Like many other Americans, he is a self-made man— —”
“Glad to hear it,” snapped Stoneman. “It relieves Almighty God of a fearful responsibility.”
(Book II, Chapter IX; p. 161)

The magnificent head of the Chief Justice suggested strange thoughts to the beholder. He had been summoned but the day before to try Jefferson Davis for the treason of declaring the Southern States out of the Union. To-day he sat down to try the President of the United States for declaring them to be in the Union! He had protested with warmth that he could not conduct both these trials at once.
(Book II, Chapter XI; p.169)

“As a lawyer in Pennsylvania I have defended fifty murderers on trial for their lives. Forty-nine of them were guilty. All these I succeeded in acquitting. One of them was innocent. This one they hung. Can a man keep his face straight in such a world? Could Negro blood degrade such stock? Might not an ape improve it?”
(Book II, Chapter XII; p.183)

“Ben, you’re the handsomest thing I’ve ever seen!” she said, softly.
“Thanks. I thought you had a mirror. I’ll send you one,” he answered, slipping his arm around her and gliding away to the strains of a waltz.
(Book III, Chapter VII; p.256)

Speaking of things we dislike, P. B. Shelley
You are Percy Bysshe Shelley! Famous for your
dreamy abstraction and your quirky verse,
you're the model "sensitive poet." A
vegetarian socialist with great personal charm
and a definite way with the love poem, you
remain an idol for female readers. There are
dozens of cute anecdotes about you, and I love

Which Major Romantic Poet Would You Be (if You Were a Major Romantic Poet)?
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Thanks to the Jolt, i now have a visual guide if i ever need to tie a tie. :) Gotta love Drag Ball at a women’s college.
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