2 January 2015

Friday's Literary Feast

Quotes from The Virago Book of Food:  The Joy of Eating

KATHERINE MANSFIELD
1888 - 1923

It grew hot.  Everywhere the light quivered green-gold.  The white soft road unrolled, with plane-trees casting a trembling shade.  There were piles of pumpkins and gourds: outside the house the tomatoes were spread in the sun.  Blue flowers and red flowers and tufts of deep purple flared in the roadside hedges.  A young boy, carrying a branch, stumbled across a yellow field followed by a brown high-stepping little goat.  We bought figs for breakfast, immense thin-skinned ones.  They broke in one's fingers and tasted of wine and honey.  Why is the northern fig such a chaste fair-haired virgin, such a soprano?  The melting contraltos sing through the ages.

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3 comments:

  1. I think that's the first time I seen figs described as virginal rather than in terms of fully-blown and fairly specific femaleness (like D.H. Lawrence, for instance in his poem 'Figs')

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  2. Feeling tired of winter? Me too, though it's lovely blue skies here at the moment.

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  3. Such lovely descriptions, colors, imagery. Ripe and summery and earthy. She was really a remarkable writer.

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