07 November 2016

#141 Pedigrees

The pedigree of Lewis of Harpton, on the other hand, is to be found in Dwnn's Visitations of Wales and elsewhere. Dwnn shows this Lewis descent as left-handed in the 15th century, though it should be borne in mind that in mediaeval Wales such irregularity would not be regarded with undue dismay; indeed if any dismay at all.

AD Powell, "The Powell Descent from Llewelyn Crûgeryr and the Princes of Deheubarth", Transactions Radnorshire Society, 31 (1961), 3-17
Contributed by Keith Marshall

04 October 2016

#140 Warning

Mrs Erdleigh issued her final warning.
"Court at your peril those spirits that dabble lasciviously with primaeval matter, horrid substances, sperm of the world, producing monsters and fantastic things, as it is written, so that the toad, this leprous earth, eats up the eagle."

Anthony Powell; Temporary Kings
Contributed by Larry Kart

21 August 2016

#139 Fate

Gwatkin shook my hand too. He smiled in an odd sort of way, as if he dimly perceived it was no good battling against Fate, which, seen in right perspective, almost always provides a certain beauty of design, sometimes even an occasional good laugh.

Anthony Powell; The Valley of Bones
Contributed by Keith Marshall

29 June 2016

#138 Government

'A great illusion is that government is carried on by an infallible, incorruptible machine,' Pennistone said. 'Officials — all officials, of all governments — are just as capable of behaving in an irregular manner as anyone else. In fact they have the additional advantage of being able to assuage their conscience, if they happen to own one, by assuring themselves it's all for the country's good.'

Anthony Powell, The Military Philosophers
Contributed by Peter Kislinger

03 May 2016

#137 Eccentrics

Simple-lifers, utopian socialists, spiritualists, occultists, theosophists, quietists, pacifists, futurists, cubists, zealots of all sorts in their approach to life and art ... were then [1914] thought of by the unenlightened as scarcely distinguishable from one another.

Anthony Powell; The Kindly Ones
Contributed by Pictures in Powell