Davis: 355-366; Moncrieff: 487-501
by Dennis Abrams
Mme. des Laumes notes Swann’s unhappiness over Odette. “I do find it absurd that a man of his intelligence should suffer over a person of that sort, who isn’t even interesting — because they say she’s an idiot.” Swann introduces M. de Froberville to Mme. de Cambremer. Forced to remain at the party, Swann hears “the little phrase from the sonata by Vinteuil,” and “it was as though she had appeared in the room.” Swann remembers the time when Odette loved him. Swann’s feelings for Vinteuil. “From what depths of what sorrows had he drawn that godlike strength, that unlimited power to create?” Swann examines the power of the music over him.
“And so swann lost nothing of this very brief extension of its life. It was still there like an iridescent bubble floating by itself. Like a rainbow, whose brilliance weakens, fades, then rises again, and before dying away altogether, flares up a moment more brilliant than ever: to the two colors it had so far allowed to appear, it added others, variegated chords of every hue in the prism, and made them sing. Swann did not dare move and would have made all the otehr people be still too, as if the slightest motion might compromise the fragile, exquisite, and supernatural magic that was so close to vanishing.”
I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be vacationing from 12/11 through 12/20. I’ll still be posting on a regular basis, but perhaps not as the usual time.
The weekend’s reading:
Davis: Page 366 “From that evening on…” through Page 386 “with affection and suspicion by turns.”
Moncrieff: Page 502 “From that evening onwards…” through Page 529 “…alternate seeds of love and suspicion.”