Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Lunchtime read: For Esme with Love and Squalor...

The second part of the story brings it to a close with love and loneliness being two of the main emotions. The feeling that it is all a hoax that could end at any moment is rienforced with the closure of the art school for not having a proper license.

De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period

* Having become obsessed with the pictures from one of his students - a nun - the narrator oversteps the mark asking if he can come to visit her and sends a four-page letter talking about art and life

* While he waits for a reply he throws himself into the task of helping improve the work of other students but then is handed a letter by the school director from the convent telling them that the nun will no longer take part in the school

* In a fit of dissapointment the writer sends out letters to his other pupils telling them they will never amount to anything and then considers sending another letter to the convent

* In the end it is the impact of seeing a shop girl setting up a window display that brings hims back down to earth and he writes telling the students there was an administrative mistake, which becomes irrelevant after the school closes due to the lack of a proper license

Final story starts tomorrow...

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