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Кейт Шопен

Дата рождения: 8. Февраль 1850
Дата смерти: 22. Август 1904

Кейт Шопен , урождённая Кэтрин О’Флаэрти — американская писательница, считающаяся одной из родоначальниц феминизма.


„Некоторые люди оставляют впечатление не большей продолжительности, чем след весла на воде.“

„The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.“ The Awakening


„She wanted something to happen - something, anything: she did not know what.“

„Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life.“ The Awakening, and Selected Stories

„There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,--when it did not seem worthwhile to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.“

„The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.“ The Awakening

„but whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.“ The Awakening

„The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.“ The Awakening


„She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.“ The Awakening

„I would give up the unessential; I would give up my money, I would give up my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me.“ The Awakening

„The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies“ The Awakening and Selected Stories

„There were days when she was very happy without knowing why. She was happy to be alive and breathing, when her whole being seemed to be one with the sunlight, the color, the odors, the luxuriant warmth of some perfect Southern day. She liked then to wander alone into strange and unfamiliar places. She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream in. And she found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested.

There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why—when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.“
The Awakening


„He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.“ The Awakening

„Even as a child she had lived her own small life within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life - that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions.“ The Awakening

„The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.“ The Awakening

„But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult! The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.“
The Awakening

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