Viewing not Verbalizing

For those who chance by, I know you’re all agog, positively breathless, with hearts pounding with suspense, to learn the latest developments in Henry James’ The Tragic Muse.  And, not to be a tease, a lot has happened since that opening luncheon in Paris and our first glimpse of the Dormer family.  Since we’ve met indecisive, artistic Nick and his ambitious mom (aka “Lady Agnes”) several key players have moved into position and the scene has shifted from Paris to England.  Miriam Rooth, the tragic muse of the title, has appeared center stage, in all her glorious egotism, indecisive Nick has made a (tentative) career decision, a bad influence has reared his tempting head, and so on.  And — guess what?  You’re going to have to wait to hear about it because my primarily activity this week is viewing not verbalizing!

Since I’m a lady of semi-leisure for the next week or so, I decided on a pilgrimage to visit the temple:

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Opps!  Wrong temple!  I mean this one …….

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Like all great temples, it has a fabulous interior …..

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….and lots of devotional objects of various types

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And when you tire of one pilgrimage site, there’s always another:

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with different objects of contemplation …..

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It’s all a question of whether you prefer this …

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or this…

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And now — for something completely different — even in winter there are reminders of spring:

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Hurray!

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3 thoughts on “Viewing not Verbalizing

    1. Silvia: glad you like the photos — I’m afraid I was a bit too low energy to take really good ones. And — I did miss all my bookish activities! Now, it’s back to Henry and his tale of art and artists …. I’m enjoying my read a great deal but it IS taking a very, very long time — I’ve forgotten just how time-consuming (but wonderful) those 19th century novels can be….

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      1. They are. I always pair them with some non fiction or something lighter, but they take all our energy. But as you say, they are so wonderful. I wish I were reading along with you. The next best thing to reading them is to discuss them with others.

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