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My Reading List 2006
2. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
3. 改造野猪 - 白岩玄
4. lighthousekeeping - Jeanette Winterson
5. Ten Nights of Dreams/Hearing Things/Heredity of Taste - Soseki Natsume
6. The Beggar's Opera - John Gay
7. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
8. Princess Diaries 6 - Meg Cabot
9. Princess Diaries 7 - Meg Cabot
10. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
11. The Knight's Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer
12. Fortune's Slave - Fidelis Morgan
13. The Little Prince (re-read) - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
14. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
15. The Fellowship of the Ring (re-read) - J.R.R.Tolkien
16. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
"Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you."
"You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing."
-Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
'Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider's web?'
'Oh, no,' said Dr Dorian. 'I don't understand it. But for that matter I don't understand how a spider learned to spin a web in the first place. When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle.'
i think that's kinda hard to answer. cos... like what Kazanko mentioned, every language is beautiful in its own way. There are things that another language cannot express, like Chinese and Japanese can say "Jia you!" or "Ganbatte!" but in English you can't 100% perfectly translate that. (You can't say 'add oil' or even if you say 'you can do it', it's really not the same still.)
but if not for comparing beauty, my favourite languages are English, Japanese and Italian. English, for me, is because , er, yeah I speak it, and I love love love <3333 English literature. It's like the language comes alive and hits you in unknown ways. =x
For Japanese, well.. other than JPop, I love the Japanese culture, so therefore, the language as well. I love how Japanese songs can paint hills and skies into pop tunes and ballads and various other types of songs, unlike, for example, Taiwanese boybands (no offense) who sing, "I love you, you love me," etc etc. For people like me who have not entirely grasped the language, on first hearing it sounds like those i love you you love me' tune but then when we really sit down and 'try' to translate (of course as mentioned there is no perfect translation), we realise they sing more than that! <3
For Italian, I feel that other than just plainly romantic (oh but they sound lovely in love songs!) I think to me it sounds really passionate (of course, different people see this passion in language differently, because it is really up to each individual to define). I fell in love with this language after listening to Josh Groban's songs and watching Roberto Benigni's films. (Only two films though.) There is a passion in Josh Groban's voice in his Italian songs, and when Roberto Benigni speaks of the bird in the forest etc etc, this one bird can be spoken of so passionately, so greatly, that it is no longer a bird, but a fascinating creature woven out of the passionate voice and beautifully magnificent words of Benigni in Italian. (:
wow i didn't mean to write such a long post. but yeah inconclusion there is no ONE/TWO/THREE/ANY NUMBER of language(s) that is/are the most "beautiful". After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder xP therefore i guess it's more of like, what's your favourite language. yeah. ^^;
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.
The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
(on the Fool tarot card)
The conventional explanations say that the Fool signifies the flesh, the sensitive life, and by a peculiar satire its subsidiary name was at one time the alchemist, as depicting folly at the most insensate stage. When The Fool appears in a spread, he would be a signal to strip down to the irreducible core, and interrogate whether The Querant’s self vision is obscured. It may also be a warning that significant change is coming.
Some comparisons can be made in universal literature, the Fool would be considered the youngest son or daughter who accomplishes great feats despite the older siblings apparent better position. Cinderella, Psyche, Cordelia (from King Lear), all the third sons of kings in fairy tales who succeed when their older brothers do not; the Grail Knight who may be destined to locate the Holy Cup, where greater and wiser men have tried and failed; the one teetering at the edge of Nietzsche’s abyss, at the cusp of dreadful knowledge that will pull him or her out of the cave or even Hamlet before he decides to embrace his destiny.
There is a dog who appears in most versions of the card. The dog, for example, would symbolize the natural world, one path to knowledge and a valuable ally.
Although it cannot be seen in all modern cards, The Fool is often walking off a cliff. This raises the question "Is The Fool making a mistake, or is The Fool making a leap of faith?"
A quote: Gandhi said once, “If you would swim on the bosom of the ocean of Truth, you must reduce yourself to a zero.” The Fool can be seen as that Zero who can swim in the deeper waters up mentioned.
Another issue surrounding the fool is "Who is calling him The Fool?"
Come on, sir, here's the place. Stand still. How fearful
And dizzy 'tis to cast one's eyes so low!
The crows and choughs that wing the midway air
Show scarce so gross as beetles. Halfway down
Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade!
Methinks he seems no bigger than his head.
The fishermen that walk upon the beach
Appear like mice, and yon tall anchoring barque
Diminished to her cock, her cock a buoy
Almost too small for sight. The murmuring surge
That on the unnumbered iddle pebble chafes
Cannot be head, it's so high. I'll look no more,
Let my brain turn and the deficient sight
Topple down headlong.
Adult onlies see that the experience of growing up as the only child has given them many positive qualities. They're capable, reliable, a good friend to others, sensitive, thoughtful, considerate, organised and responsible. And some themes have emerged very clearly too.
As children, most wanted more children to play with and were fascinated by larger families. Very few rebelled in their teenage years.
The intensity of the child/parent relationship, its potential invasiveness and lack of privacy has often led to feelings being locked inside. As adults, many have difficulty now expressing deep feelings in close relationships. Despite the independent image, they are still emotionally dependent on parents, or their memory.
An issue that looms large for everyone who has not already lost both parents is the loss of the last one, leaving them alone with no one, with whom to share family history.
The loneliness of the only child comes full circle.