Category: POB II

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“The Law’s a Ass”: Marriage and Divorce, POB II.2

POB II.2  “The Law’s a Ass”:  Marriage and Divorce Bumble the Beadle was a professional philanthropist, which is to say that he made a comfortable living by spending other people’s money on the poor.  As an agent for the parish, he had grown fat and vain, and he was fond of reminding the indigent of their debt of gratitude.  When the officers of the parish sell young Oliver Twist into slavery–and early death–as a chimney sweep, the Beadle admonishes the boy that “the kind and blessed gentlemen which is so many parents to you, Oliver…are a going to prentice you:...

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Where the Heart is: Properties of Blood, II.1

In his contribution to I’ll Take My Stand, Andrew Lytle told Southerners to detach themselves from mass-produced culture and return to their own traditions:  “Throw out the radio and take down the fiddle from the wall.”  In Protestant countries, the reading of Scriptures and family prayers, until fairly recently, were a normal part of family life.  Robert Burns, in his poem “Cotters’ Saturday Night,” paints a picture of a poor  family in Calvinist Scotland gathered round to read Bible: They, round the ingle, form a circle wide; The sire turns o’er, wi patriarchal grace, The big ha’-Bible, ance his father’s...

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Properties of Blood Volume II, Chapter 1: The Family Castle

It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. In Tennnyson’s poem, Ulysses, growing old on Ithaca, longs to resume his travels.   In the ancient legend, however, Ulysses—or, to give him his Greek name, Odysseus—was forced against his will to lead a life of adventure.  He fought in the greatest war his people ever heard of; he knew gods, befriended by some and hated by others; he fought...