Friday, July 9, 2010

"The Tree of Knowledge." Henry James.

Review: Everyone knows that the Master’s art is only mediocre. But each wants to prevent the others from learning the true quality of his work. But each does know. The problem is the motivation that each has for trying to spare the others from knowing the true quality of the placid master’s work.

Quote: “Do you know what’s the matter with me? I’m too horribly intelligent. Paris was really the last place for me. I’ve learnt what I can’t do.”

Quote: “…in learning one’s lesson, briefly, even if the lesson were simply that of one’s impotence in the presence of one’s larger vision.”

Short Story Masterpieces. Ed. RP Warren and A Erskine. New York: Dell Books. 1954. 

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