Monday, June 13, 2011
I was glad to see you
in the library last night.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,…
Date: Fri, Jun 10, 2011 1:32 pm.
How’s it going?
I was glad to see you in the library last night.
I was watching the BBC TV series “All Creatures Great and Small” of James Herriot, who is my favorite writer.
I was really enjoying the show when you saw me.
So, Thursday night is your yoga night, eh?
I hope you enjoyed the exercise to your heart’s content. Hallelujah! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, …
Yes, I’m a tenant at the library—almost live at the place.
You know something, Diane?
We’re paying a great deal of tax to the city.
You’re definitely paying property taxes.
In addition, you’ve even paid about five thousand dollars as an extra tax this year.
Part of your extra tax certainly goes to the city’s cash box, I believe.
So, you’d better make most of the city facilities.
You take a class at the west end community center.
And, of course, you use the computer in the library, but not as much as I do.
So, whenever you’ve got extra time, you’d be better off coming to the library and using the computer since you’ve paid extra taxes.
You’re entitled to make most use of the library.
So, why don’t you live in the library as I do? He, he, he, he, …
As usual, I’ve written an article about Jane Eyre.
Please click the following link:
(Friday, June 10, 2011)
…hope you’ll enjoy the entertaining, enlightening yet amusing story.
Have a nice day!
Ciao with a lot of love.
I love Kerrisdale and yoga.
Date: Fri, Jun 10, 2011 4:46 pm.
Good to see you last night as well.
Every Thursday I go to the restorative yoga class taught by my friend, Sandra.
About a dozen of us, men and women, do yoga to candlelight and music.
Sandra brings her Indian tambora and plays it while she sings, she also frequently spritzes lavendar scent into the air, and it’s just heavenly.
We sort of just float out of there at the end of the yoga class.
Maybe one day you’ll join us.
I can tell you for absolute certain I’m not incorruptible.
Well, I try my best to be on the straight and narrow, but guess we’re all human and have our weak moments, true?!
Hallelujah for that!
Now if we could just get you clear of your ecclesiophobia, Kato, we’d be making progress.
Thanks for the update.
As usual you’re very creative.
You’d have made a splendid investigative reporter!
Love, Diane ~
So, Diane, you’re enjoying the restorative yoga class in candlelight and music, eh?
Oh, yes, it’s marvellous and inspirational, you know…
I can see that.
Then why don’t you join us?
Well, as you told me, I’ve got a strong ecclesiophobia.
Really, Kato?… but we’re not doing the restorative yoga in church.
I know…I know, but since you used the word, it reminds me of the religious nature of yoga and the fear of church.
Kato,…are you serious?
Yes, most definitely.
But Why is your fear of church?
…’cause Charlotte Brontë taught me.
Don’t be silly, Kato. In 1854, Charlotte Brontë was married to her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls. Then she became pregnant, but fell ill and died with her child. It was a long time ago. How could she possibly teach you the fear of church?
Diane, you know that I read her book “Jane Eyre”, don’t you?
Yes, I do.
Charlotte wrote in her preface that “conventionality is not morality” and “self-righteousness is not religion.”
Well, in the book Mr. Brocklehurst is the clergyman-headmaster and treasurer of Lowood School. He is likened frequently to “a black pillar.” A religious traditionalist, he advocates for his charges the most stoic and ascetic possible lifestyle. His sermons blaze with hellfire.
How do you know, Kato?
…’cause I viewed the YouTube video clip, which I pasted here for you, Diane. Please watch it carefully.
Jane Eyre (1944 film)
Jane Eyre (1944) is a classic film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel of the same name, made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by William Goetz, Kenneth Macgowan, and Orson Welles (uncredited). The screenplay was by John Houseman, Aldous Huxley, Henry Koster, and Robert Stevenson, from the novel by Charlotte Brontë. The music score was by Bernard Herrmann and the cinematography by George Barnes.
The film stars Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O’Brien, Peggy Ann Garner, Sara Allgood, Henry Daniell, Agnes Moorehead, John Sutton, with Betta St. John and Elizabeth Taylor making early, uncredited appearances.
The film’s screenplay was based on a radio adaptation of the novel by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air, which John Houseman collaborated on.
The film was acclaimed for its recreation of the Yorkshire Moors. It was actually filmed entirely in Hollywood on a heavily disguised sound stage. The long shadows and heavy fog, which added the air of a Gothic novel lacking in so many remakes, were rumored to have been the brainchild of Orson Welles. He was offered a producer’s credit as thanks for his contribution but declined the offer, believing that a person who is not a director shouldn’t be “just” a producer.
This was the 7th film version of the novel.
It was during his scoring of the film that Bernard Herrmann started working on his opera Wuthering Heights, based on the novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë’s sister Emily. He quoted some themes from the Jane Eyre film score (and other of his earlier scores) in the opera.
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Joan Fontaine – Jane Eyre
Orson Welles – Edward Rochester
Peggy Ann Garner – Jane Eyre as a child
Elizabeth Taylor – Helen Burns (uncredited)
Edith Barrett – Mrs. Alice Fairfax
Agnes Moorehead – Mrs. Reed
Margaret O’Brien – Adele
Sara Allgood – Bessie
Henry Daniell – Henry Brocklehurst
Hillary Brooke – Blanche Ingram
The film begins with a voice over from Jane Eyre (an original contribution by the screenwriters):
My name is Jane Eyre… I was born in 1820, a harsh time of change in England. Money and position seemed all that mattered. Charity was a cold and disagreeable word. Religion too often wore a mask of bigotry and cruelty. There was no place for the poor or the unfortunate. I had no father or mother, brother or sister. As a child I lived with my aunt, Mrs. Reed of Gateshead Hall. I do not remember that she ever spoke one kind word to me.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As soon as anyone views the above clip, he or she will know that Mr. Brocklehurst is one of the most despicable men. For sure, he is a self-righteous man. Yet he is a clergyman. But as Charlotte wrote, “self-righteousness is not religion.” It seems to me that Mr. Brocklehurst is a crazy man, not definitely a clergyman.
Oh, Kato…you’re so sarcastic.
But, you know, Diane, the eighty pupils at Lowood are subjected to cold rooms, poor meals, and thin clothing. Many students fall ill when a typhus epidemic strikes. Jane’s friend, Helen Burns, is one of them.
Yes, I know, but Helen died of consumption.
Yes, that’s right. Anyway, Mr. Brocklehurst’s neglect and dishonesty is the cause, you know. Actually, when his neglect was discovered, several benefactors built a new building. Afterwards, the conditions at the school improved dramatically.
Maybe so, but it was all in the book, not in the real world.
You know what, Diane? The book, at least the death of Helen Burns, was based on the real tragedy. In August 1824, Charlotte was sent with three of her sisters, Emily, Maria, and Elizabeth, to the Clergy Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge in Lancashire (which she would describe as Lowood School in Jane Eyre). Its poor conditions permanently affected her health and physical development and hastened the deaths of her two elder sisters, Maria (born 1814) and Elizabeth (born 1815), who died of tuberculosis in June 1825. Soon after their father removed them from the school.
So, Kato, you’re brainwashed by the book, huh?
Do you think so?
Oh, yes. Although the death of Helen Burns was based on the real tragedy, Mr. Brocklehurst is a fictious figure.
But he is modelled by the real headmaster of the Clergy Daughters’ School.
He is only one of several self-righteous men, I suppose. But there are so many other good clergymen.
Yeah, I really hope so. In any case, the book and DVD showed me Mr. Brocklehurst as the symbol of church.
Kato, are you saying that Mr. Brocklehurst gave you the fear of church?
Yes, Diane…you’re telling me. He did indeed.
Well…Kato, have you ever heard of this saying?
He always makes a mountain
out of a molehill.
Oh, yes…so, diane, you think I’m always making a mountain out of a molehill, don’t you?
Yes, absolutely, I do.
You’re mistaken, Daine…I’m always make fun of a molehill.
Wow! What an amazing video clip!
Whenever I watch the “Jane Eyre” film, I always cry at the scene of Helen Burn’s deathbed.
It is quite sad, isn’t it?
Actually, the eighty pupils at Lowood are subjected to cold rooms, poor meals, and thin clothing.
Many students fall ill when a typhus epidemic strikes.
Jane’s best friend, Helen Burns, dies of consumption in her arms.
Yes, Mr. Brocklehurst’s neglect and dishonesty is the cause of all that, I believe.
He is definitely a self-righteous man whom everyone would despise.
Don’t you think so?
Anyway, the Jane Eyre drama is one thing; romance is another.
Come to think of it, I’ve never met a decent man in my life.
How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Kato met Diane.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
■“Catherine de Medici”
■“Catherine the Great”
■“I wish you were there!”
■“Jane Eyre Again”
■“Jane Eyre in Vancouver”
■“Jane Eyre Special”
■“Love & Death of Cleopatra”
■“Spiritual Work or What?”
■“What a coincidence!”
■“Wind and Water”
■“Yoga and Happiness”
■“You’re in a good shape”
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