Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Temptation

"It is not from the making a story that I shrink back, O Stranger," she answered, "but from this one story that you have put into my head. I can make myself stories about my children or the King. I can make it that the fish fly and the land beasts swim. But if I try to make the story about living on the Fixed Island I do not know how to make it about Maleldil. For if I make it that He has changed His command, that will not go. And if I make it that we are living there against His command, that is like making the sky all black and the water so that we cannot drink it and the air so that we cannot breathe it. But also, I do not see what is the pleasure of trying to make these things."

"To make you older, wiser," said Weston's body.

"Do you know for certain that it will do that?" she asked.

"Yes, for certain," It replied. "That is how the women of my world have become so great and so beautiful."

"Do not listen to him," broke in Ransom; "send him away. Do not hear what he says, do not think of it."
~C.S. Lewis, Perelandra (1944)

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On this day:

1930 Sailing from Shanghai to the United States, Warren Lewis lived through the tenth of March twice in the mid-Pacific.

3 Comment(s):

At Thu Mar 10, 06:34:00 AM EST, Blogger Bob said...

Your note about Warren having two March 10ths in 1930 reminded me of what happened when I flew back to the US from Japan. Because of the rapidity of air travel and the magic of the International Date Line, I actually arrived before I left.

 
At Thu Mar 10, 02:42:00 PM EST, Blogger Arevanye said...

That happens when I fly from here to Chicago! It is less than an hour by air, and they are one time zone behind us, so we always arrive in Chicago before we leave.

 
At Thu Mar 10, 06:18:00 PM EST, Blogger MrKimi said...

...and they say time travel requires black holes and leads to complex paradoxes :-)

 

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