Why Lemony?
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July 27, 2007

A bright spark

I've found three versions of "Anna Karenina" the movie so now I definitely have to finish the book. If I just watch one of them to find out the ending, how will I ever know if they got it right or totally mangled it? That would be unfair to Tolstoy.

And here's my favorite quote so far. Of course it's about education and totally off the main subjects of the book.

"He was nine years old and quite a child, but he knew his soul, it was dear to him, and he guarded it as the eyelid guards the eye, and never let anyone enter his heart without the key of love. His instructors complained that he would not learn, yet his soul was overflowing with longing for knowledge. So he learnt, from Kapitoninch, from his nurse, from Nadenka, and from Vasily Lukich, (My note: these are all either servants in his house or other children) but not from his teachers. The water which his father and the educationalists expected would turn their mill-wheels had long since leaked out and was working somewhere else." (p.498)

That's exactly how I felt when I was a kid. I felt then what is perhaps a natural feeling, that learning had to come through love shown to me (or at least to the subject!) by the teacher, otherwise I couldn't trust it.

Posted by Bahiyyih at July 27, 2007 02:05 AM