Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 2: Lou is in love

From Annie Dillard's The Maytrees:

After they married she learned to feel their skin as double-sided. They felt a pause. Theirs was too much feeling to push through the crack that led down to the dim world of time and stuff. That world was gone. They held themselves alert only in those few million cells where they touched. She learned from those cells his awareness and his courtesy. Love so sprang at her, she honestly thought no one had ever looked into it. Where was it in literature? Someone would have written something. She must not have recognized it. Time to read everything again.


Kathy Waller said...

from Jon Hassler's The New Woman:

Passing through the foyer, she asked whether she could do him any more favors.

"No, but thank you very kindly," he answered...and then added, "But you can come and see me more often."

Why this man really is fond of me, she thought as she allowed him to give her a brief hug at the door. She was shocked to hear herself say aloud, "I'm lucky to have lived so long." What she meant was that she was overcome with a degree of happiness such as she hadn't felt for many years. In a mere twelve weeks she'd moved out of her house, been present at a disinterment, taken part in a kidnapping and started a support group. Because of her Monday night meetings, she'd regained her identity in the community. Because of her progress with Mrs. Bingham--granted, it was grudging progress, but progress all the same--she felt she hadn't entirely lost her teaching ability. For a moment she felt something close to ecstasy. In other words, she felt like a new woman.

Susan Woodring said...

Ooh, Kathy, I love this! Thank you!