By Alberto Moravia
Contempt is a superb and unsettling paintings via one of many progressive masters of recent ecu literature. the entire traits for which Alberto Moravia is justly famous--his cool readability of expression, his exacting consciousness to mental complexity and social pretension, his still-striking openness approximately sex--are obtrusive during this tale of a failing marriage. Contempt (which used to be to encourage Jean-Luc Godard's no-less-celebrated movie) is an unflinching exam of desperation and self-deception within the emotional vacuum of recent buyer society.
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S I M O N : What, the young lady is not in church ? Shirking? G RUS H A : I was dressed to go. But they needed another goose for the banquet. And they asked me to get it. I know about geese. s 1M o N : A goose? } I 'd like to see that goose. ) One must be on one's guard with women . " I only went for a fish , " they tell yo u, but it turns out to be something else. G RUS H A (walking resolutely toward him and showing him the goose}: There! If it isn't a fifteen-pound goose stuffed full of corn, I 'll eat the feathers.
You need time for a good quarrel . May I ask if the young lady still has parents? G R U S H A : No, j ust a brother. S I M O N : As time is short - my second question is this: Is the young lady as healthy as a fish in water? G R U S H A : I may have a pain in the right shoulder once in a while. Otherwise I 'm strong enough for my job. No one has complained. So far. s I M o N : That's well known. When it's Easter Sunday, and the question arises who'll run for the goose all the same, she'll be the one.
Horrified, she picks up her bundle again, and is about to leave when the s 1 N G E R starts to speak. She stands rooted to the spot. SINGER: As she was standing between courtyard and gate, She heard or she thought she heard a low voice calling. The child called to her, Not whining, but calling quite sensibly, Or so it seemed to her. "Woman," it said, "help me. " And it went on, not whining, but saying quite sensibly: " Know, woman, he who hears not a cry for help But passes by with troubled ears will never hear The gentle call of a lover nor the blackbi rd at dawn Nor the happy sigh of the tired grape-p icker as the Angelus rings .