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【Paintings in Proust】 Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink:Mrs Frederick R. Leyland
2014/01/31 11:11

Paintings in Proust Symphony in Flesh Colour and PinkMrs Frederick R. Leyland, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1871—73 (p.137)


No doubt this astonishment is to some extent due to the fact that the other person on such occasions presents some new facet; but so great is the multiformity of each individual, so abundant the wealth of lines of face and body, so few of which leave any trace, once we are no longer in the presence of the other person, on the arbitrary simplicity of our recollection, since the memory had selected some distinctive feature that had struck us, has isolated it, exaggerated it, making of a woman Who has appeared to us tall a sketch in which her figure is elongated out of all proportion, or of a woman who has seemed to be pink-cheeked and golden-haired a pure ‘Harmony in Pink and Gold’, that the moment this woman is once again standing before us, all the other forgotten dualities which balance that one remembered feature at once assail us, in their confused complexity, diminishing her height, paling her checks, and substituting for what we came exclusively to seek other features which we remember having noticed the first time and fail to understand why we so little expected to find them again. We remembered, we anticipated a peacock, and we find a peony. (Within a Budding Grove)

(p.533~534 追憶似水年華 II 在少女們身旁 聯經版 1992)