Download e-book for kindle: Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope

By Anthony Trollope

ISBN-10: 0698170903

ISBN-13: 9780698170902

One of 5 loved Christmas classics
 
Christmas at Thompson Hall brings jointly the easiest of the Christmas tales of Anthony Trollope, essentially the most winning, prolific, and revered English novelists of the 19th century. Characterized by way of insightful, psychologically wealthy, and infrequently wryly funny depictions of the center type and gentry of Victorian England—and encouraged sometimes by means of missives within the “lost letter” field of the provincial submit workplace that Trollope ran—these stories helped to enshrine the traditions of the adorned Christmas tree, the vacation turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window onto a time while carolers crammed the streets and every house’s door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and but startlingly typical.

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5 Evidently, Kodo¯jin and his friends recreated the occasion more than eighteen hundred years later: A Literary Gathering at the Studio of Auspicious Fragrance Bird shadows sink in distant mist; bell tones emerge from blue green colors. Returning sunlight—solitary flowers whiten; deep woods—renewed freshness radiates. touching these scenes, we indulge in noble chanting, seated in a row, our winged cups flying. A southern warmth blows away our worries; with loosened lapels, we forget yesterday’s woes.

Kodo¯jin also wrote two haiku that allude to Tao’s love of chrysanthemums, which the poet had planted by a hedge: Kaki no ue ni yama sukoshi miete Over the hedge a few mountains can be seen— kiku no hana chrysanthemums Kimi ga ie mo Your house too— kigiku bakari o planted only with uetari na yellow chrysanthemums Kodo¯jin’s richest tribute to T’ao Yuan-ming, however, comes in a poem in which he refers to T’ao’s taking the strings off his ch’in (a literati sevenstring zither often translated as ‘‘lute’’), since he fully understood the sound of the strings.

Shall we join him? The question of guests continues in the next poem, since the phrase ‘‘clap my hands’’ means to greet visitors: Years ago, I was first to ‘‘clap my hands’’; when guests arrived, it brought joy to my face! But this place is quite remote, secluded, only the white clouds return to the worldly sphere. And so I became a ‘‘scholar beneath the woods,’’ trancelike, alone viewing mountains. . All I do is smile and never answer: heaven and earth, together with my heart, serene. 27 28 Kodo¯jin’s Life and Art Figure 7.

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