Quinta-feira, 7 de Dezembro de 2006

in the Machine (part I)

« It seemed, as he loaded the plates onto the belt, that the machines were not inanimate; not quite inanimate. They were part of a continuum: machines, then grass and trees, then horses and dogs, then human beings. He wondered if the machine had loved Simon, in its serene and unthinking way. He wondered if all the machines at the works, all the furnaces and hooks and belts, mutely admired their men, as horses admired their masters. He wondered if they waited with their immense patience for the moment their men would lose track of themselves, let their caution lapse so the machines could take their hands with loving firmness and pull them in. »

[ ... ]

« She would tell him there was not, could not be, a fire.

She said, "I work there."
"Lucky you're not there now," he answered.

Catherine reached for Lucas, held him close to her. They watched together as the flames unfurled, demonstrating their beauty, which was neither cruel nor kind. They watched the water rise in brilliant threads and fall back to the pavement as rain. They heard the sirens blare.

And now, finally, Lucas understood. It had all been for this. It had been done so that Catherine would not be at Mannahatta when the fire came. Simon had loved her; she was wrong about that. He had not married the machine, he had sacrificed himself into it, as the saints gave themselves to glory, as St. Brigid gave herself to the fiery circle of her headache. Simon had known - for he was intimate with machinery, Lucas had learned how intimate - that the sewing machines at Mannahatta adored and desired their women but were too puny to take them as the greater machines took their men. Simon had known, he had guessed (had the machine told him?) that the sewing machines were waiting to take their women in the only way they could.

And Catherine alone had been spared. »


publicado por xary às 23:50
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De eli a 8 de Dezembro de 2006 às 13:57
ui, maquinas e coisas assim e humanos ...
e maquinas que levam mulheres não é??
"He had not married the machine, he had sacrificed himself into it" ... credo....
mas parece ser interessante pelo menos para saber de onde vieram as maquinas, porque é que elas ali estão e porque raio os humanos as suportam.....
não podes esclarecer....levantar um puco do véu???
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De Firefly a 8 de Dezembro de 2006 às 17:09
lol. concordo com a eli quando ela diz que dá vontade de saber um bocadinho mais. =)

gostei especialmente da parte em que se descreve o fogo.
que parece ser demasiado poderoso para permitir intromissão. para permitir ser controlado.

She said, "I work there."
"Lucky you're not there now," he answered.

e achei que esta frase tem um poder maior do que poderá parecer à primeira vista. uma espécie de amor por detrás. uma espécie de alívio que, de tão verdadeiro, quase parece doer (pela hipotese de tudo poder ter um rumo menos feliz) :

"Lucky you're not there now," he answered.


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