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Postby Stanley Anderson » 16 Jun 2009, 17:47

Last night we were reading Psalm 80 aloud. It goes on for a bit about God dealing with things and continues:

...Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

At this point, blanking out a bit, I stopped reading and naively asked Angelee "I've forgotten -- who is "she" again?", to which she immediately replied "Just like Ransom, eh?" I immediately knew what she was talking about and we both started laughing hysterically, particularly since it was rather an "opposite" sort of situation. The reference she was making was from near the end of OotSP where Ransom is translating Weston's speech for Oyarsa and the Malacandrian audience:

[Ransom translating] "...but he says the animals were not born because of what is said to the young about bent and good action by their elders. And he says these animals did not feel any pity."

"She----" began Weston.

"I'm sorry," interrupted Ransom, "But I've forgotten who She is."

"Life, of course," snapped Weston. "She has ruthlessly broken down all obstacles..."

Now of course in the Psalm quoted above, "She" is Israel, so the comparison is rather testy, which is what made my question and Angelee's answer all the funnier.

That wry comment that Lewis has Ransom make (wryness on Lewis' part not Ransom's, I mean) has always been one of my favorite passages in the book, so I thought I would post this trivial bit of humor here.

…on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a fair green country under a swift sunrise.
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There She Goes

Postby Kanakaberaka » 24 Oct 2009, 03:47

It's interesting that "she" is usually a reference to a vessel or a country. Could this be because both contain people?
so it goes...
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Re: She

Postby Mr Bultitude » 25 Oct 2009, 03:16

And here I thought this thread was going to be about the H. Rider Haggard novel!
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Re: She

Postby Nancy08 » 26 Oct 2009, 06:50

"SHE" was the issue.

Never try to impress a woman, because if you do she'll expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life.

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