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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:54 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I'm impressed you could decipher it, Green Jay. Sometimes I struggle myself! Not sure why that speech popped into my head, but lest it should seem too highbrow, it did come to me in the voice of Withnail. Wink



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yours was very easy to decifer Mike, I have read much much worse than that in my time!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Himadri, was that a quote from Hopkins?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It couldn't really be anyone else, could it? I had the Poems of Hopkins next to me, and when I opened it, these lines were the first I saw. They're from "The Wreck of the Deutschland".

Your quote is from "Marmion", isn't it? I've seen your fluent handwriting before, of course.

The Bengali passage is from "Shyama", Tagore's reselling of a traditional Buddhist tale. (He set the whole thing to music as well.) Without going into the plot details, the young man Uttiya is doing a Sidney Carton, and sacrificing himself to save the life of the man whom Shyama loves. Very roughly translated (the syntax is too knotty to allow for a literal translation), it goes like this:

He whom you love, whom you would save
Will call in your debt, my life -
Within your breast he and I will be bound for ever,
Tied by knots of death:
How would you shift me then?

The rest of the drama indeed turns on her inability to shift him.

Anyway - back to the handwriting. It's been fascinating seeing them all. Any more samples?



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to say, I think yours is the most surprising so far, Himadri!  Interesting.  Will scan something of mine at some point, but much more interested in looking at other people's!  I've always loved seeing people's handwriting.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



I had to go back to school to figure out how to post an image here. Won't be surprised at all if it didn't work. If it did, here's my handwriting.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's from the opening of Master and Commander, isn't it? (I didn't google it - honest!)



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have it! A glass of wine with you, sir.



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