Reading this play has made me want to see it or appear in it, naturally, the feeling I always get when I read and enjoy a script, and I definitely enjoyed this play. Some of my favorite passages were rather poetic, so I thought I'd share them here today, as it is Poetry Friday.
From Act I, Scene 1:
Thomasina, a 13-year-old girl: "You cannot stir things apart."
Septimus, her tutor: "No more you can, time must needs run backward, and since it will not, we must stir our way onward mixing as we go, disorder out of disorder into disorder until pink is complete, unchanging and unchangeable,and we are done with it for ever. This is known as free will or self-determination."
Later in the same scene:
Thomasina: "If you could stop every atom in its position and direction, and if your mind could comprehend all the actions thus suspended, then if you were really, really good at algebra you could write the formula for all the future; and although nobody can be so clever as to do it, the formula must exist just as if one could."
From Act I, Scene 3:
Thomasina: "Each week I plot your equations dot for dot, xs against ys in all manner of algebraical relation, and every week they draw themselves as commonplace geometry, as if the world of forms were nothing but arcs and angles. God's truth, Septimus, if there is an equation for one like a bluebell, and if a bluebell, why not a rose? Do we believe nature is written in numbers?"
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