this is an interesting quote for me, because i always felt like she wound up caged…
“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy— they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” - The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
I want a love like Idgie and Ruth. They were lesbians in the nineteen thirties and they gave no fucks.
Dancer pose on the trails of the Niagara Gorge! so much love, last hike with my man before I have to head home for the summer, gonna miss him soo much, but so many memories can’t wait to make millions more!! I love you David Rubach <3 these summers keep getting harder and harder
It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini
Ellen’s response to the ‘Abercrombi& Fitch’ statement.
Has anyone ever taken a class on Spoon River Anthology?
Carl Hamblin (my thoughts in bold) — I couldn’t find your ask button.
THE press of the Spoon River Clarion was wrecked,
And I was tarred and feathered,
For publishing this (Carl Hamblin was a journalist for the Spoon River Clarion) on the day the
Anarchists were hanged in Chicago: (this refers to The Haymarket Affair. Essentially a bunch of anarchists had a peaceful assembly. Then police tried to forcefully get them to leave. Because of that someone threw a bomb. A bunch of the anarchists were charged. Four were hanged — on November 11th, 1887 —, one that was sentenced with hanging committed suicide, three were sentenced to life in jail… and years later a judge let the remaining three go on terms that the trial was unfair, that the judge was biased, there was hysteria, etc.)
“I saw a beautiful woman with bandaged eyes (the term bandaged eyes tells us that he’s talking about justice, because justice is blind and if we read further based on the sword and scales we know he’s talking about Lady Justitia - the typical depiction of justice)
Standing on the steps of a marble temple.
Great multitudes passed in front of her,
Lifting their faces to her imploringly.
In her left hand she held a sword.
She was brandishing the sword,
Sometimes striking a child, again a laborer, (Lady Justitia is typically depicted with the sword down. This is to show that though Justice has power to kill or punish, it is reluctant to do so. By having the sword upwards, it shows that that has shifted and the reluctance is gone)
Again a slinking woman, again a lunatic.
In her right hand she held a scale;
Into the scale pieces of gold were tossed (tossing gold into her scale represents an imbalance of the justice system)
By those who dodged the strokes of the sword (reiterating the injustice… those that paid and offset the scale successfully dodged the sword).
A man in a black gown read from a manuscript:
“She is no respecter of persons.” (this is a little fuzzier. The black gown means he’s probably a judge. The fact that he’s reading from a manuscript makes me think he’s pronouncing a verdict - that “she is no respecter of persons”)
Then a youth wearing a red cap (red is symbolic of communism or anarchism)
Leaped to her side and snatched away the bandage. (He does this to show what the justice system has actually become. To expose it - confirming his anarchism)
And lo, the lashes had been eaten away
From the oozy eye-lids;
The eye-balls were seared with a milky mucus;
The madness of a dying soul
Was written on her face —
But the multitude saw why she wore the bandage.” (and it becomes clear to every one in a depiction unlike anything else in the poem — much slower paced — much more gradual — just like when something sinks in… when you realize something —- why she wore the bandages)
Carl Hamblin was tarred and feathered for telling this truth about the unfairness of what happened in Chicago.