Sunday, June 24, 2007

BEAUTY IN WORDS - The reality or illusion of nakedness

I cannot now remember whether she was naked or clothed. If she were naked, then it must have been the almost visible penumbra of her courtesy and joy which produces in my memory the illusion of a great and shining train that followed her across the happy grass. If she were clothes, then the illusion of nakedness is doubtless due to the clarity with which her inmost spirit shone though the clothes. For clothes in that country are not a disguise: the spiritual body lives along each thread and turns them into living organs.

(Taken from C. S. Lewis - The Great Divorce)

New Word : Penumbra (taken from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/penumbra) - meaning a partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination ; the grayish outer part of a sunspot

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