Ah well. Best laid plans and all that. Sometimes life and work just gets in the way.
So this week, Wayne Gatfield rejoin us with a beautiful new piece, YOU, and we’ve also got a bit of revisiting with Walt Whitman, and of course, Tom Jones to round us out.
You, by Wayne Gatfield
When I Heard at the Close of the Day, by Walt Whitman
Read by Xe Sands
Was looking for a piece to reshare this week, and although I usually reshare those that are a bit older, this one is so timely and serves as a such a personal reminder to keep sight of and cherish what’s truly important, what actually feeds the soul, that I knew it was the one to share this week.
Tom Jones, Book XII, Chapter 3, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 12 Chapter 3 of Tom Jones.
This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.
We finally rejoin Tom and Partridge in this chapter. Tom is now feeling especially downtrodden that he’s been caught in the act by Sophia and that she’s forsaken him. After some weeping and gnashing of teeth, Tom decides that he and Partridge are going to give their lives for king and country.
Partridge, however, wants nothing more than to return Tom to Allworthy, whom he imagines misses Tom, not realizing that Tom’s been banished. Add to that he’s more keen on living to see 80 or 90 years old, rather than dying in a battle. Tom tries to convince him of the glories of dying for one’s country by quoting a poem by Horace.
It is, ironically, the same poem that was quoted hundreds of years later by Wilfred Owen, a soldier and poet in World War I to describe the horrors of a chlorine gas attack.