“There are betrayals in war that are childlike compared with our human betrayals during peace. The new lover enters the habits of the other. Things are smashed, revealed in a new light. This is done with nervous or tender sentences, although the heart is an organ of fire.”
“Though the heart is an organ of fire” I love that...I believe that.
When I heard that theme for Thursday was to be about fire, the first thing that popped into my head was the scene from the English Patient in which the patient’s caregiver, Hana, reads aloud from his diary.
For those who don’t know, the title character in Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel is not English at all, but a sort of citizen-of-the-world. He is critically burned fulfilling a final obligation to his love. Slowly, before he dies, he remembers his life and his final love affair.
The English Patient is one of my all time favourite books and films. I would recommend it to anyone.
Though not quite the same words as the book, here is the scene from the movie.
Ondaatje, Michael, The English Patient, Vintage Books, Canada, 1992