The Jubilee statue


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Weymouth Sands

[ ... in French   ]
⇒  Cover

⇒  Preface

⇒  Introduction

⇒  The visit

⇒  Weymouth map c.1930

⇒  Portland map c.1930

⇒  Works quoted

⇒  Postface

A visit to the Weymouth Sands of John Cowper Powys     [ ⇒ continue... ]

Our true-love should be treated as we treat the Elements, as we treat the Inanimate; that is to say, we should turn upon the tragic mystery of his — of her — identity that calm, deliberate, ecstatic contemplation that outlasts all passion.
(A Philosophy of Solitude)



   But a man's thoughts — especially when hovering round the figure of a girl — are not dispersed by a few minutes of rapid walking; and the Jobber, when he found himself close to the statue of George the Third, was compelled to come to a second abstracted pause. This older monument, which had stood so many years at the bifurcation of St. Mary's and St. Thomas's Streets, was now in its turn destined to be teleported from its pedestal, so that its location in space might be used, as he had used that of those later landmarks, as a material support for his psychic evocations. Gazing upon this grey object — no remarkable work of art — he soon brought it about, in spite of the fact that there was more light here than in front of St. John's, that the well-meaning monarch, that great patron of the town, should vanish like those other phenomena, into whatever curious Limbo it may be that receives such things when the magic of human abstraction exercises its despotism upon them.

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