January 7, 2013

"Claudius, too resorts to verse," Gertrude dared disclose. "Men have a nature more divided than ours. They go from muck to mountaintop in their minds, and take no middle ground. To justify the demands of their bodies they must exalt the object of those demands into a goddess, an unlikely sublime, or else treat her as a piece of muck. My son is imaginative, and from boyhood has been enthralled by the theatrical. If he plays the lover to the hilt, it does not mean he plays falsely." (183)

- from Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius 

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