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【DFLS-007】LESISLAND2

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-24 09:43:35
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【DFLS-007】LESISLAND2 �


Andhereagain,Ihavetodrawonlaterexperience,andasdeepanacquaintancewiththeircultureasIcouldachieve,toexplainthegulfsofdifferencebetweenus.

Twothousandyearsofonecontinuousculturewithnomen.Backofthat,onlytraditionsoftheharem.TheyhadnoexactanalogueforourwordHOME,anymorethantheyhadforourRoman-basedFAMILY.

Wetalkedandtalked.Wetooklongwalkstogether.Sheshowedmethings,explainedthem,interpretedmuchthatIhadnotunderstood.ThroughhersympatheticintelligenceIbecamemoreandmorecomprehendingofthespiritofthepeopleofHerland,moreandmoreappreciativeofitsmarvelousinnergrowthaswellasouterperfection.

Celiswasablue-and-gold-and-roseperson;Alma,black-and-white-and-red,ablazingbeauty.Elladorwasbrown:hairdarkandsoft,likeasealcoat;clearbrownskinwithahealthyredinit;browneyes--allthewayfromtopaztoblackvelvettheyseemedtorange--splendidgirls,allofthem.

WhatI'mtryingtoshowhereisthatwiththesewomenthewholerelationshipoflifecountedinaglad,eagergrowing-uptojointheranksofworkersinthelinebestloved;adeep,tenderreverenceforone'sownmother--toodeepforthemtospeakoffreely--andbeyondthat,thewhole,free,widerangeofsisterhood,thesplendidserviceofthecountry,andfriendships.

"Fromanothercountry.Probablymen.Evidentlyhighlycivilized.Doubtlesspossessedofmuchvaluableknowledge.Maybedangerous.Catchthemifpossible;tameandtrainthemifnecessaryThismaybeachancetore-establishabi-sexualstateforourpeople."

Whenitcametocourtship,whichitsoondid,Icanofcoursebestdescribemyown--andamleastinclinedto.ButofJeffIheardsomewhat;hewasinclinedtodwellreverentlyandadmiringly,atsomelength,ontheexaltedsentimentandmeasurelessperfectionofhisCelis;andTerry--Terrymadesomanyfalsestartsandmetsomanyrebuffs,thatbythetimehereallysettleddowntowinAlima,hewasconsiderablywiser.Atthat,itwasnotsmoothsailing.Theybrokeandquarreled,overandover;hewouldrushofftoconsolehimselfwithsomeotherfairone--theotherfaironewouldhavenoneofhim--andhewoulddriftbacktoAlima,becomingmoreandmoredevotedeachtime.

Hewasangryandsevere,notalittlejealous,too,Ithink.Afterward,whenhefoundoutjustwhatitwastheydidnotlike,hechangedhismannersomewhatandgotonbetter.Hehadto.For,inspiteofhiscriticism,theyweregirls,and,furthermore,allthegirlstherewere!Alwaysexceptingourthree!--withwhomwepresentlyrenewedouracquaintance.

WritingthisaslateasIdo,aftermanifoldexperiencesbothinHerlandand,later,inmyownland,Icannowunderstandandphilosophizeaboutwhatwasthenacontinualastonishmentandoftenatemporarytragedy.


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