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Author:  Saffron [ Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:07 am ]
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Chapter 10: SURPLICE

Please use this thread to discuss chapter 10

Author:  MaryLupin [ Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:04 am ]
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Surplice is the last of the three delectable mountains. The first part of the chapter illustrates this beacon on the road to the celestial city by comparing him to Judas. Judas you can know because he has no real depth. Surplice is not knowable in some important way. And in this way he is like Cummings' idea of the divine.

Surplice scratches his back “(exactly like a bear) on the wall…or in the cour. Speaking to no one, sunning his soul…When there is labour to do he works like a dog…he is intensely religious, religious with a terrible and exceedingly beautiful and absurd intensity...reading his prayer-book upside down; turning with enormous delicacy the thin difficult leaves, smiling to himself as he sees and does not read…”

After the descriptions of Zulu’s somatic style of communication, this description of Surplice’s reaction to the book as a “body” rather than as a group of words, is not surprising.

Surplice knows nothing and takes delight in everything. He is what is known as a Holy Fool.

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