Cami Park

Get out of the bullet

In Philosophy, Photography, Prose on February 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

The Dove
Djuna Barnes

THE DOVE: There are enough people preventing things, aren’t there?
VERA: Yes — that’s why you frighten me.
THE DOVE: Because I let everything go on, as far as it can go?
VERA: Yes, because you disturb nothing.
THE DOVE: I see.
VERA: You never meddle —
THE DOVE: No, I never meddle.
VERA: You don’t even observe as other people do, you don’t watch. Why, if I were to come up to you, wringing my hands saying, “Amelia has shot herself,” I don’t believe you would stand up.
THE DOVE: No, I don’t suppose I would, but I would do something for all that.
VERA: What?
THE DOVE: I should want to be very sure you wrung your hands as much as possible, and that Amelia had gotten all there was to get out of the bullet before she died.

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  1. i’m gonna have to buy this. 🙂 RAD!!!!!

    do you know which book this is from?

  2. Isn’t it? The books is from a book of her plays collected after her death, At the Roots of the Stars: The Short Plays, Sun & Moon Classics. I’m not sure if it’s still in print, but I think it can still be found.

  3. thank you! i will do my best to hunt it down.

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