01-02-15

Muriel Spark, Langston Hughes, Michel Zevaco, Jevgeni Zamjatin, Georg Rendl, Abraham E. Fröhlich

 

De Schotse schrijfster Muriel Spark werd op 1 februari 1918 geboren als Muriel Sarah Camberg in Edinburgh. Zie ook alle tags voor Muriel Spark op dit blog.

Uit: The Driver's Seat

“They are demanding equal rights with us,’ says Mrs. Fiedke. ‘That’s why I never vote with the Liberals. Perfume, jewellery, hair down to their shoulders, and I’m not talking about the ones who were born like that. I mean, the ones that can’t help it should be put on an island. It’s the others I’m talking about. There was a time they would stand up and open the door for you. They would take their hat off. But they want their equality today. All I say is that if God had intended them to be as good as us he wouldn’t have made them different from us to the naked eye. They don’t want to be all dressed alike any more. Which is only a move against us. You couldn’t run an army like that, let alone the male sex. With all due respects to Mr. Fiedke, may he rest in peace, the male sex is getting out of hand. Of course, Mr. Fiedke knew his place as a man, give him his due.’
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‘If we don’t look lively,’ she says, ‘they will be taking over the homes and the children, and sitting about having chats while we go and fight to defend them and work to keep them. They won’t be content with equal rights only. Next thing they’ll want the upper hand, mark my words. Diamond earrings, I’ve read in the paper.”

 

 
Muriel Spark (1 februari 1918 – 13 april 2006)

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01-02-14

Muriel Spark, Langston Hughes, Michel Zevaco, Jevgeni Zamjatin, Georg Rendl, Abraham E. Fröhlich

 

De Schotse schrijfster Muriel Spark werd op 1 februari 1918 geboren als Muriel Sarah Camberg in Edinburgh. Zie ook alle tags voor Muriel Spark op dit blog.

Uit: A Far Cry from Kensington

“Evidently, the baby slept through the pandemonium for all we could hear were the wife's shouts and screams and the husband's fury: noises off.
Suddenly they appeared on the stairs, the second half of their staircase, before our eyes, as on a stage. Milly, always with her sense of the appropriate, dashed down to her bedroom and reappeared with a near-full box of chocolates. We sat side by side, eating chocolates, and watching the show. So far, no blows, no fisticuffs; but much waving of arms and menacing. Then the husband seized his wife by the hair and dragged her up a few stairs, she meanwhile beating his body and caterwauling.
Eventually I phoned the police, for the fight was becoming more serious. A policeman arrived at our door within ten minutes. He seemed to take a less urgent view of the din going on in the next-door house and was reluctant to interfere. He joined us on the staircase from where we could now only see the couple's feet as they wrestled. The policeman crowded beside us, for there was no convenient place for him to sit. My hips took up all the spare space. But finally our neighbours descended their staircase so that we could see them in full.
"Can't you stop them?" said Milly, passing the chocolates.
The policeman accepted a chocolate. "Mustn't come between husband and wife," he said. "Inadvisable. You get no thanks, and they both turn on you.
We could see the force of this argument. Milly offered to make a cup of tea, which she was always ready to do. Finally the policeman said, "I'll go and have a word with them. This time of night, disturbing the peace."

 

 
Muriel Spark (1 februari 1918 – 13 april 2006)

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01-02-11

Langston Hughes, Jevgeni Zamjatin, Georg Rendl, Abraham E. Fröhlich, Michel Zevaco

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver Langston Hughes werd geboren op 1 februari  1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Zie ook mijn blog van 1 februari 2007 en ook mijn blog van 1 februari 2009 en ook mijn blog van 1 februari 2010.

 

 

April Rain Song 

 

Let the rain kiss you

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops

Let the rain sing you a lullaby

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk

The rain makes running pools in the gutter

The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night

And I love the rain.

 

 

 

Democracy 

 

Democracy will not come

Today, this year

Nor ever

Through compromise and fear.

 

I have as much right

As the other fellow has

To stand

On my two feet

And own the land.

 

I tire so of hearing people say,

Let things take their course.

Tomorrow is another day.

I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.

I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

 

Freedom

Is a strong seed

Planted

In a great need.

 

I live here, too.

I want freedom

Just as you.

 

 

 

Langston Hughes (1 februari 1902 – 22 mei 1967)

 

 

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