Whatever may have happened through these year,
God knows I speak truth, saying that you lie.
“The Defense of Guenevere.” (beginning the novel)
“Perhaps,” says Simon, “we are also -- preponderantly -- what we forget.”
“If you are right,” says Reverend Verringer, “what becomes of the soul? We cannot be mere patchworks!...” (406)
Lying/ How do you tell the truth?/ quilt patterns/quilt piecing
Sir Walter Scott/ Lady of the Lake/ dark Romanticism/quotations from Morris/
Insane asylum/being female/being an attractive female
the darker side of quilting/piecing/art/communication/
storytelling/the stories other people want to hear/storytelling and performativity
Scottish uprising and aftermath of that and the misspelling of name McDermott to Macdermot
Rachel/gratitude/Jamie/forgiveness -- role playing
Grace’s last quilt with the snakes/ the three triangles
So with this Earthly Paradise it is,
If ye will read aright, and pardon me,
Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss
Midmost the beating of the steely sea,
Where tossed about all hearts of men must be...
The Earthly Paradise
The imperfect is our paradise.
“The Poems of our Climate,” 1938 (taken from beginning chapter xv: The Tree of Paradise)