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Transcript of IOP
"...his broken spirit was plain to any eye."
"I felt very deeply his sorrow and his defeat... he was about my age, and when he lowered himself to creep under the bar, I could feel in my own bones his pain at bending down so far."
"...the goslings taking their frequent drinks of water...closely guarded by the handsome young gander, shepherded by the pretty young goose." E.B. White as an Observer of Nature "The enchantment grew not out of anything that happened or was performed but out of something that seemed to go round and around and around with the girl... a steady gleam in the shape of a circle- a ring of ambition, of happiness, of youth."
"I became painfully conscious of the element of time."
"...then time itself began running in circles, and so the beginning was where the end was, and the two were the same..."
"The only sense that is common, in the long run, is the sense of change- and we all instinctively avoid it, and object to the passage of time, and would rather have none of it. E.B. White as a Circus Observer "I began to wonder what it would be like. I wondered how time would have marred the unique, this holy spot..."
"I began to sustain the illusion that he was I, and therefore, by simple transposition, that i was my father."
"There had been no years."
"There had been no passage of time, only the illusion of it..."
"Everywhere we went, I had trouble making out which was I, the one walking at my side, the one walking in my pants."
"I watched him... saw him wince slightly as he pulled up around his vitals the small...icy garment...suddenly my groin felt the chill of death. Writes as a vulnerable being
"...as I kept remembering all this, that those times and those summers had been infinitely precious and worth saving."
Overwhelmed by Time
"I kept remembering everything."
"Everywhere I went I had trouble making out which was I..."
Age versus Youth/Innocence
Himself and his son
His reaction to his past and present
Life changing experience "Old age is a special problem for me because I've never been able to shed the mental image I have of myself - a lad of about 19. "
E.B. White inserts himself into his writing
Draws connections from very different scenes
Subjects of connection
Approaches, but never accepts We can all agree that... What did we notice? E.B. White had serious issues Who was E.B. White?
Was born on July 11, 1899 in New York.
Died October 1, 1985
Very egocentric and confident
Very attached to his youth Writes as an intruder; extremely hesitant
"I thought of climbing the fence and trying to separate the combatants, but instead I just watched."
One Major Event
"A fierce fight was in progress..."
" I felt very deeply his sorrow and his defeat."
Old Gander versus Young Gander
His subjects of connection Writes as part of a group
"We spectators were experiencing languor..."
"As I watched with the others, our jaws adroop, our eyes alight..."
Struggle with time is continuous
"conscious of the element of time"
"time itself began running in circles"
"time was circular again"
Age versus Youth/Innocence
The "lion trainer" and the "girl on the horse"
...I was clearly enjoying the same delusion as the girl on the horse- that I could ride clear around the ring of day, guarded by wind and sun and sea and sand, and be not a moment older. By,