Happy Days Tidbit #11 - James Ensor

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:37 pm

gemini, I'm sure there are things we missed too. Feel free to bring things up you find once we start the discussion.

Depputante, it is a different perspective!
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:20 pm

Depputante wrote:Nice Tidbit! :cool: I imagine that the second portrait, with the guy and all the reddish painting, is what he feels like. I thought the reference was about how the ballroom LOOKED like, and he was looking AT the ballroom, not how HE felt in it!


Good point, Depputante. Maybe the use of loud garish colors--especially the use of rouge--was his way of describing how the ballroom looked with the residents in it.
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:23 pm

fansmom wrote:
Raven wrote:can anyone tell me how many euros = dollars?


1000 euros = $1320.07 US dollars = 676.14 UK pounds = 1492.21 Canadian dollars = 1684.02 Australian dollars

Did I miss anyone? Can we all now bid comfortably? :lol:


We all have the information we need, but comfortably? I think not. Thanks for the interesting little tidbit, there, Raven. :cool:
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Unread postby lizbet » Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:25 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:
“we are intended to see the living face and the masks as equivalents. The suggestion is that the old woman is in the process of turning into the hollow mask she already resembles. Yet there is also a feeling of compassion. Ensor is not blind to the pathos of age, or to the still keener pathos of our hopeless attempts to resist it.”


This observation certainly fits with the story in Happy Days. Very nice tidbit, Liz. There are no throwaway references in this book!


wow - having only read HD once I've been thinking how economical the author has been with his words (its a short book!) but with this example (as with the car reference and I'm sure many more which I can't remember right this minute) the author allows for the reader "who gets it" to see the richness of the reference and for those "who don't" (like me) its still makes sense but in our own context - about twenty years ago our family functions on both my mother's and father's sides of the family seemed like we were walking into the diningroom of a seniors residence with all the blue rinse, oddly applied rouge and lipstick and men's trousers pulled up just a little bit too high - on Saturday when 75 of us gather for Christmas dinner it'll seem more like an elementary school lunchroom than a senior's diningroom - function of time I guess! HD needs a second read through but not until after my first Christmas - thanks Liz and DITHOT for these tidbits which are really making this most pecular book come to life - I can't imagine what the discussion itself will be like :eyebrow:
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:17 pm

The tidbits have really opened my eyes to several things, lizbet! :-O I think the discussion will just continue that trend. I can't wait to get started! :bounce:
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Unread postby Liz » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:25 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:The tidbits have really opened my eyes to several things, lizbet! :-O I think the discussion will just continue that trend. I can't wait to get started! :bounce:


Neither can I. :bounce: Only 3.5 days!
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Unread postby rainbowsoul » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:33 pm

I have been devouring these tidbits- :thanks!: so much Liz and DitHot for all the work you have done preparing them. I am going to re-read the book this weekend. With all this back info, I am sure it will be a much different read this time.

I am looking forward to the discussion
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:54 pm

rainbowsoul, we are glad your have been enjoying the infor and that you will be joining us for the discussion! :cool:
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Unread postby nebraska » Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:51 am

I have to agree with many of the comments here! Seeing the mask pictures gave a whole new dimension to the scene for me.......some things I totally missed even after having read the book twice. Fabulous tidbits as always!


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