FLEUR JAEGGY / by Caitlin Murray

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THOMAS DE QUINCY

Umbrella in hand and the plays of Euripides in his pocket, he started walking. 
- the slightest geomancy sketch reveals -

Geomancy (Greek: γεωμαντεία, "earth divination") is a method of divination that interprets markings on the ground or the patterns formed by tossed handfuls of soil, rocks, or sand. 

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JOHN KEATS

In 1803, the guillotine was a common children's toy. 

He walked through the gardens, a book in hand. 

 

O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell,
Let it not be among the jumbled heap
Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,—
Nature’s observatory—whence the dell,
Its flowery slopes, its river’s crystal swell,
May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep
’Mongst boughs pavillion’d, where the deer’s swift leap
Startles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell.
But though I’ll gladly trace these scenes with thee,
Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind,
Whose words are images of thoughts refin’d,
Is my soul’s pleasure; and it sure must be
Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,
When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

Keats didn't have the money to travel the world but made a long walking tour of Scotland. 

The history of female beauty is almost always told in the negative. Even the Bronte sisters were talked about as plain, as was Emily Dickinson. 

His friends began to say their farewells. Farewells to dying people are often awkward. 

Keats dictated a list of books that he wanted to read: Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living and Holy Dying, and Madame Dacier's translation of Plato.

Inscribed on his gravestone: "Here lies one who name was writ in water." 


MARCEL SCHWOB

Over the course of his illness he was confined to bed in a shuttered room. During this time he went on many long voyages. 

"55 percent artist and 45 percent adventurer" 

It was a nuanced wandering through memories, leading toward the enchanted shadows.