Sunday, March 16, 2008

Desdemona's Fanning

Sunday, March 16, 2008

“Desdemona’s fanning wasn’t a matter of moving the wrist back and forth; the agitation came from deep within her. It originated from a spot between her stomach and liver where she once told me the Holy Spirit resided. It issued from a place deeper than her own buried crime…. The force of Desdemona’s fanning could be felt all over the house; it swirled dustballs on the stairs; it stirred the window shades; and, of course, since it was winter, it made everyone shiver. After a while the entire house seemed to be hyperventilating.”

- Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex, 2002

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