Thursday, 11 December 2014

Proust on "the sublime face of true goodness"

...when, in the course of my life, I have had occasion to meet with, in convents for instance, literally saintly examples of practical charity, they have generally had the brisk, decided, undisturbed, and slightly brutal air of a busy surgeon, the face in which one can discern no commiseration, no tenderness at the sight of suffering humanity, and no fear of hurting it, the face devoid of gentleness or sympathy, the sublime face of true goodness.

this is from the original  Scott Moncrieff translation,  Remembrance of Things Past 
which is available online, here:

NOTE: Pamela du Bayou, a French painter who was married to the publisher Fred Warburg, told me that proust was better in English than in French.

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