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A month in the Country by J.L.Carr.
What a cute little tale. Thanks for suggesting it Kay.
Cute? Or is it not?
Kay has sent me some questions she has found online:
While reading A Month in the Country, I was, in my mind, looking for images to show here during our discussions. I got several ideas, from walking in Miss Garnet´s Angel´s footstep in Venice, to a climb I did in a narrow belltower in an old Norwegian church last year (and blogged aboout). Lindisfarne was most in my mind though. The first three photos in the post are from Turvay, where I spent a week last year with the sisters at Turvey Abbey. But now I have moved to Lindisfarne, The Holy Island, where I have been three times.
Kay´s first question, the symbolism of the painting. Tom Birkin caled it The Judgement, didn´t he? And we learn to know that the old body found in the coffin is probably the painter. Was he judged? I wonder if the painting and its symbolism is what stops Birkin from declaring his love for Alice Keach.
I have mixed feelings about this relationship. They are both married, and as this was in 1920 (this is what Birkin says himself when looking back from a much later point in his life), an afair could not develop between them. This made me sad, at the same time it is the way I live my life. I am married (and in love with my husband). This doesn´t prevent me from looking at other men, even "falling in love" from time to time. But I could, and would, never take a wrong step.
How are Birkin and the original painter alike?
I have no clue to this question. Do you?