Portland : the quarries


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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... ]

Make no mistake, most careful convertite! We can break these invisible chains of class, if we only go for them at the top and make the giant's head look dwarf-like and his comfortable casual-careless expression turn into a crazy scarecrow one.
(In Spite Of)



   Yes, it was only the bare truth! His father had inherited from his father three or four small quarries of the precious Portland stone; but little by little the crafty financier had been getting them into his hands, until, by purchase, by mortgage, by a system of commissions, by bullying and bribing, by leasing what were left of the old Prison Works, by monopolising the stone-cutting saw mills, practically all the old hereditary quarry-men of the Island had lost their inheritance and had become mere agents and employees of the Cattistock Company.
   As the water dashed over the side of the boat drenching his thighs, the outrage done to the actual stone itself of his native promontory tore at his heart. The Dog was an enemy of everything sacred in life! That Portland stone, ever since the far-off Viking invasion that had landed the Skald family among these Celtic stone-slingers, had been something to be handled reverently, piously, and in fear of the gods....
     Photo L. de Bruin

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