Thursday, July 3, 2008

Not Yet 2:00

"I did my best for you, son. I gave you all I had. More than anything I wanted to pass on to you the one heritage of the men of our family, a certain quality of spirit, a sense of duty, a nobility worn lightly, a sweetness, a gentleness with women -- the only good things the South ever had and the only things that really matter in this life..."
-The Moviegoer, p. 224; Walker Percy

Southerners are gifted at imagining what might have been. It is a melancholic quality, I think, they share with the Irish.

For the great Gaels of Ireland
Are the men that God made mad,
For all their wars are merry,
And all their songs are sad.
- The Ballad of the White Horse, Book 2; G.K. Chesterton

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