Tuesday, August 19, 2008
suprising and distressing things
Sei Shonagen's entry
Surprising and Distressing Things
1-While one is cleaning a decorative comb, something catches in the teeth and the comb breaks.
2-A carriage overturns. One would have imagined that such a solid, bulky object would remain forever on its wheels. It all seems like a dream - astonishing and senseless.
3-A child or a grownup blurts out something that is bound to make people uncomfortable.
4-All night long one has been waiting for a man who one thought was sure to arrive. At dawn, just when one has forgotten about him for a minute and dozed off, a crow caws loudly. One wakes with a start and sees that it is daytime - most astonishing.
5-One of the bowmen in an archery contests stands trembling for a long time before shooting: when finally he does release his arrow, it goes in the wrong direction.
Hebe's suprising and distressing things
1- when you realise that you are towering over your own mother and you could very easily pick her up . she is no longer that benevolent and at times terrifying giantess you always tried to please but a very human creature
2- when you open your handbag and discover that you've forgotten your mobile phone or purse , you always feel strangely naked.
3-when hail descends or a sandstorm occurs in a city , you realise regardless of all this concrete and metal you are still at the mercy of nature
4- when you attempt to look cool and end up tripping /dropping something and generally make an idiot of yourself
5- when you oversleep and wake up and realise that you're desperately horribly late for school/work or appointment