Saturday, July 12, 2014

another smoking gun

From Daniel Deronda, one of those rare but crucial Schiller references that make geek life worth living:

"...But you know her, Mirah -- you can always say something descriptive. What do you think of Mrs. Grandcourt?"
     "I think she is like the Princess of Eboli in Don Carlos," said Mirah, with a quick intensity. She was pursuing an association in her own mind not intelligible to her hearers -- an association with a certain actress as well as the part she represented.
     "Your comparison is a riddle for me, my dear," said Mrs. Meyrick, smiling.

Yeah, that pretty much sums up every conversation I ever had with a VicLit professor.


  1. Ha! I read Daniel Deronda years ago, and I completely missed that reference - clearly an indication that it's time to reread the book.

    1. Yes, it's interesting that that's what she chooses to represent the cultural faultline between English and Other in this one.