Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Thoughtful Thursday: It Frightened Me Because It Was So Beautiful

"When I first saw Sunday," said Syme slowly, "I only saw his back; and when I saw his back, I knew he was the worst man in the world. His neck and shoulders were brutal, like those of some apish god. His head had a stoop that was hardly human, like the stoop of an ox. In fact, I had at once the revolting fancy that this was not a man at all, but a beast dressed up in men's clothes....

... And then the queer thing happened. I had seen his back from the street, as he sat in the balcony. Then I entered the hotel, and coming round the other side of him, saw his face in the sunlight. His face frightened me, as it did everyone; but not because it was brutal, not because it was evil. On the contrary, it frightened me because it was so beautiful, because it was so good...

... It was like the face of some ancient archangel, judging justly after heroic wars. There was laughter in the eyes, and in the mouth honor and great sorrow. There was the same white hair, the same great, grey-clad shoulders that I had seen from behind. But when I saw him from behind I was certain he was an animal, and when I saw him in front I knew he was a god."

~ Excerpt from The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton



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2 comments:

Kelsey Gray said...

Thanks for posting! Beautiful.

Lyssa said...

Glad you like it! And thank you for finding me on blogger, because I'm so happy to catch up with your blog again!