it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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i'm full of bourbon and i can't stand up

Love for Robertson Davies:

"Perhaps the most striking difference between Malory's Morte d'Arthur and Tennyson's Idylls of the King is that Malory's women are all human beings, and that Tennyson's are, in greater or less degree, prizes for good conduct. "

I have 29 chapters and chapter titles and 29 epigraphs for Dust, all of which are hopefully short enough for fair use, or in the public domain. If not, I'm going to have to do this some more, but for now, I am through.

1. light from a high window
To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.
-- Quentin Crisp

2. they know all, that dwell in the silent kitchens
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
 --John 14:2, King James Bible

3. the mute resurrected
Lear: Nothing will come of nothing, speak again.

Cordelia: Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth: I love your Majesty according to my bond, no more nor less.
--William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Lear, I:i

4. of course she fell
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
--William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, IV:ii

5. outside rule
Tell it not in Gath; weep not at all.
In the House of Dust roll yourself in ashes.
--Micah 1:10, New Evolutionist Bible

6. the beast in the heart of the world
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; but out of it wast thou taken: dust thou art, yet absent dust shalt thou be exalted.
--Genesis 3:19, New Evolutionist Bible

7: the beat of parasite wings
When the white flame in us is gone, 
  And we that lost the world's delight 
Stiffen in darkness, left alone 
  To crumble in our separate night;
--Rupert Brooke, "Dust"

8. poison angels
Let the dwellers in emptiness bow down before him; in his presence, let his enemies lick up dust.
--Psalm 72:9, New Evolutionist Bible

9. what it means to be a princess
This dust was once the Man.
--Walt Whitman

10. all that heaven and none for thee
And deep into her crystal body poured
The hot and sorrowful sweetness of the dust:
--Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Oh, Sleep Forever in the Latmian Cave"

11. her own salt
It rains into the sea
And still the sea is salt.
--A.E. Housman, "Stars, I Have Seen Them Fall"

12: the opposite of dying
Love does not help to understand
The logic of the bursting shell.
--Edna St. Vincent Millay

13. the deck
Dust is the answer--dust: dust everywhere.
--Conrad Aiken, "The House of Dust"

14. evidence of war
Six feet of dust under the morning stars.
And a panorama of war performs itself
--Carl Sandburg, "Old Osawatomie"
15. sweet things grow in the cold
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
--John 8:44 King James Bible

16. tasting of bitter sleep
It is strange; this house of dust was the house I lived in;
The house you lived in, the house that all of us know.
--Conrad Aiken, "The House of Dust"

17. shipwreck star
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,--
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses"

18. his harness and his promises
Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
--T.S. Eliot, "Ash-Wednesday"

19. the monster who rules
He said the one he murdered once still loves him;
He said the wheels in wheels of time are broken;
And dust and storm forgotten; and all forgiven....
--Conrad Aiken, "The House of Dust"

20. primogeniture
I would rather be ashes than dust!
--attributed to Jack London, "Credo"

21. oh child, he said, all sorrow
Eager for color, for beauty, soon discontented
With a world of dust and stones and flesh too ailing:
--Conrad Aiken, "The House of Dust"

22. inwards and down
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses"

23. in your name
I must lie down where all the ladders start
In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.
--W.B. Yeats, "The Circus Animals' Desertion"

24. vessel
We are like searchers in a house of darkness,
A house of dust; we creep with little lanterns,
Throwing our tremulous arcs of light at random,
--Conrad Aiken, "The House of Dust"

25. vault
Yes, I have a thousand tongues,
And nine and ninety-nine lie.
--Stephen Crane, "The Black Riders and Other Lines"

26. the devil of the stair
There were no more faces and the stair was dark,
Damp, jagged, like an old man's mouth drivelling, beyond repair,
--T.S. Eliot, "Ash-Wednesday"

27. black mercy
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
--William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, IV:II

28. the kiss of angels
World to world, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of adaptation.
--New Evolutionist Funeral Service

29: the sun goes down in a cold pale flare
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death.
--Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Conscientious Objector"

And look, my pretentiously literary novel has a pulp cover!

If you wanted to see all the extant book covers in one place, they're here.

And now I am gonna read Sarah's chapter, eat something before I pass out, and go catch up on Doctor Who and Hustle.

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