Monday, July 31, 2017

Like a Sentence Deep Within a Book

A toast to Harry Potter on his 37th Birthday!
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"The truth lies buried like a sentence
deep within a book, waiting to be read."

~ Madame Sybill Trelawney, Professor of Divination ~
from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(film version, text differs slightly from book)

I particularly like this snippet of dialogue, in which
Dumbledore's magical description of dreaming
is equally applicable to reading:

Snape: "What about Potter? Should he be warned?"
Dumbledore: "Perhaps. But for now, let him sleep.
For in dreams, we enter a world that's entirely our own.
Let them swim in the deepest ocean
or glide over the highest cloud."


Interestingly, in Little Altars Everywhere -- more on my Fortnightly blog -- Rebecca Wells describes a similar sensation: "When I'm reading . . . I'm always somewhere else." Yet, she draws the opposite conclusion: "Life is not a book."
“Sidda can't help herself. She just loves books. Loves the way they feel, the way they smell, loves the black letters marching across the white pages.” (51)

"Sometimes I watch my daughter smuggle an extra book out, and even though I know I should, I just cannot bring myself to stop her. Sometimes you just have to reach out and grab what you want, even when they tell you not to." (53)

"See, she goes places when she reads. I know all about that. When I'm reading, wherever I am, I'm always somewhere else.(54)

“I am her mother, though, and it is my job to teach her that you cannot escape from life. Life is not a book. You can't just set it down on the coffee table and walk away from it when it gets boring or you get tired.” (65)
Still, I prefer to think that
"The World is a Beautiful Book"
where "the truth lies buried like a sentence . . . "

Thanks to my reading buddy Cate
for sending along this wise little
feline literatteur!

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