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The Bellarosa Connection

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Bellow, S. (2013). The Bellarosa Connection. In Bellow, S. Collected Stories. Penguin Classics, pp. 35-89

childishly silly and trivial

37

charged with American puerility

—p.37 by Saul Bellow
notable
10 months, 4 weeks ago

charged with American puerility

—p.37 by Saul Bellow
notable
10 months, 4 weeks ago
44

[...] If he'd forgive her bagpipe udders and estuary leg veins, she'd forgive his unheroic privates, and they could pool their wretched mortalities and stand by each other for better or worse.

—p.44 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago

[...] If he'd forgive her bagpipe udders and estuary leg veins, she'd forgive his unheroic privates, and they could pool their wretched mortalities and stand by each other for better or worse.

—p.44 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago
51

[...] she had to wait for an uncle in Havana to find a husband for her - she had been a matrimonial defective, a reject. To come out of it gave her a revolutionary impulse. There was going to be no sign of her early humiliation, not in any form, no bitter residue. What you didn't want you would shut out decisively. You had been unhealthy, lumpish. Your fat had made you pale and clumsy. Nobody, not even a lout, had come to court you. What do you do now with this painful record of disgrace? You don't bury it, nor do you transform it; you annihilate it and then use the space to draw a more powerful design. You draw it in freedom because you can afford to, not because there's anything to hide. The new design, as I saw it, was not an invention. The Sorella I saw was not constructed but revealed.

damn

—p.51 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago

[...] she had to wait for an uncle in Havana to find a husband for her - she had been a matrimonial defective, a reject. To come out of it gave her a revolutionary impulse. There was going to be no sign of her early humiliation, not in any form, no bitter residue. What you didn't want you would shut out decisively. You had been unhealthy, lumpish. Your fat had made you pale and clumsy. Nobody, not even a lout, had come to court you. What do you do now with this painful record of disgrace? You don't bury it, nor do you transform it; you annihilate it and then use the space to draw a more powerful design. You draw it in freedom because you can afford to, not because there's anything to hide. The new design, as I saw it, was not an invention. The Sorella I saw was not constructed but revealed.

damn

—p.51 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago

(noun) one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it

74

the transatlantic rivalry of parvenu American wealth with the titled wealth of Victorian London

—p.74 by Saul Bellow
strange
10 months, 4 weeks ago

the transatlantic rivalry of parvenu American wealth with the titled wealth of Victorian London

—p.74 by Saul Bellow
strange
10 months, 4 weeks ago
80

But on this night I passed out after a few sentences, and presently I began to dream.

There is great variety in my dreams. My nights are often busy. I have anxious dreams, amusing dreams, desire dreams, symbolic dreams. There are, however, dreams that are all business and go straight to the point. I suppose we have the dreams we deserve, and they may even be prepared in secret.

unexpected interlude

—p.80 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago

But on this night I passed out after a few sentences, and presently I began to dream.

There is great variety in my dreams. My nights are often busy. I have anxious dreams, amusing dreams, desire dreams, symbolic dreams. There are, however, dreams that are all business and go straight to the point. I suppose we have the dreams we deserve, and they may even be prepared in secret.

unexpected interlude

—p.80 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago
89

I had a good mind to phone the boy back and call him on his low-grade cheap-shot nihilism. But it woudl be an absurd thing to do if improvement of the understading (his understanding) was my aim. You can never dismantle all these modern mental structures. There are so many of them that they face you like an interminable vast city.

wow. unexpected and pretty

—p.89 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago

I had a good mind to phone the boy back and call him on his low-grade cheap-shot nihilism. But it woudl be an absurd thing to do if improvement of the understading (his understanding) was my aim. You can never dismantle all these modern mental structures. There are so many of them that they face you like an interminable vast city.

wow. unexpected and pretty

—p.89 by Saul Bellow 10 months, 4 weeks ago