Half Curious, Half Afraid (#Treesquare July 2nd)

Becky’s theme is trees for this month Square photo challenge. 

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These photos were taken at the canal walk in Richmond, VA –

 I am inking up with the Trent’s weekly smile today– because reading Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens, this spring was a treat and was one of perhaps six things that helped me get out of the post-pandemic funk.  

So here is a snippet from Little Dorrit that I think connected with my tree square photos for today:

 

Excerpt from Chapter 11. Let Loose

Alate,

A late, dull autumn night was closing in upon the river Saone. The stream, like a sullied looking-glass in a gloomy place, reflected the clouds heavily; and the low banks leaned over here and there,


as if they were half curious, and half afraid
to see their darkening pictures in the water. The flat expanse of country about Chalons lay a long heavy streak, occasionally made a little ragged by a row of poplar trees against the wrathful sunset. On the banks of the river Saone it was wet, depressing, solitary; and the night deepened fast.

One man slowly moving on towards Chalons was the only visible figure in the landscape. Cain might have looked as lonely and avoided. With an old sheepskin knapsack at his back, and a rough, unbarked stick cut out of some wood in his hand; miry, footsore, his shoes and gaiters trodden out, his hair and beard untrimmed; the cloak he carried over his shoulder, and the clothes he wore, sodden with wet; limping along in pain and difficulty; he looked as if the clouds were hurrying from him, as if the wail of the wind and the shuddering of the grass were directed against him, as if the low mysterious plashing of the water murmured at him, as if the fitful autumn night were disturbed by him.

He glanced here, and he glanced there, sullenly but shrinkingly; and sometimes stopped and turned about, and looked all round him. Then he limped on again, toiling and muttering.

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25 thoughts on “Half Curious, Half Afraid (#Treesquare July 2nd)

  1. Lovely photos, as always. Having studied Eng Lit for my degree I can honestly say that I haven’t read one of the classics since – and I graduated in 1975!

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      1. Mostly crime and thriller novels! I’d had my fill of long novels that took ages to get anywhere while at uni. Plenty of music too πŸ‘

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        1. the crime and thriller can be a pretty good genre – and I hope to dive into my Louis L’amour western books eventually – I have a good amount of them and plan to dive in next year – or around Xmas

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  2. I do like that Canal Walk … no raptor grabbing a fish this time. πŸ™‚ I may have read many books during my college years, but not many of the classics I’m sorry to say. I will have plenty of time to do that when I retire and look forward to it. In the meantime, I’ve only read “A Christmas Carol” by Dickens.

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    1. Hi Linda – we might actually do a Christmas Carol next year if we do the challenge again
      And you remember the bird with the dinner in his class!! Awesome amiga
      Be over to visit soon

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  3. I hope you feel freed from all of that barbed wire, and am smiling too if the reading helped πŸ™‚

    Quick comment – go check your email – Marilyn is having issues and I hope you can help her.

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    1. I will check on that ASAP
      Trent I find myself still dipping into Little Dorrit to peek at certain sections – but might stop now – time to move on – but thanks again (so much) for this fun little reading adventure πŸ“šπŸ’™πŸ“š

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      1. I vote that next year we do something by Dostoevsky. I read one of his books (The Brothers Karamazov) many years ago, but in the last three months have talk to several people who place him as their very favorite 19th century author. Maybe The Idiot or Crime and Punishment would be good.

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