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"spirit and art and ecstacy"

In Harry Potter news, I find myself returning to J.K. Rowling's admission that the late Gideon and Fabian Prewett were Molly Weasley's brothers. I realize that this fact is not crucial to the overarching plot of the series, but it does indeed affect the way I understand Molly Weasley, her relationships, and the Order of the Phoenix as a group. The revelation is unexpectedly poignant.

And now, a quote for the day:

"Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self more distant than any star. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God; but thou shalt not know thyself. We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our names. We have all forgotten what we really are. All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality and positivism only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstacy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forget."

from G.K. Chesterton, "The Ethics of Elfland," in Orthodoxy

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estellye
Apr. 7th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
That quote just got copied into my favorite quote file! Guess I had better go find the book! :) Thanks, EH!

I missed that about the Prewetts and Molly Weasley! It certainly does give us some insight into Lady Weasley!
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 7th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yea! :) So glad you liked it. I could quote the whole text, really; it's that good. It's available online here.

Isn't that insight into Molly Weasley interesting? I keep thinking about how much it explains about her behavior -- and her boggart scene in Order of the Phoenix. To me it also makes the attack Arthur endures all the more powerful, as well.