Module C Quotes
"I had inadvertently brought myself with me"
essay one // set up by a complex sentence // paradox to cause reader to question what is said // epiphany
"a luggage carousel, ... , two flies dancing, .., a giant fan, ... , a white taxi with fake leopard skin..."
essay one // cumulative detail/list to confront reader with the mundane details // negative connotations
"we can inhabit a place when we are not faced with the additional challenge of actually being there"
essay one // describes the purpose of the guide Duc des Esseintes (H. K. Huysman)
"there was poetry in this forsaken service station"
essay two // thesis set up by complex sentence
"power of the liminal travelling place"
essay two // thesis // idea of how transitional spaces can create connections with the land and oneself
"felt more at home in the transient places of travel than in his own dwelling"
essay two // contradiction and paradox // description of Claude Baudelaire
"poésie des stations-service"
essay two // irony as de Botton continues with Baudelaire's style of poem titles
"new vantage point"
essay two // literal example of a different perspective // text and image // use of plane as a liminal space
"despite the bleakness they depicted, were not themselves bleak to look at"
essay two // chiasmus // description of Edward Hopper's paintings
"Automat is a picture of sadness, and yet not a sad picture"
essay two // chiasmus // use of text and image
"to be able to stand outside our normal selves and have access ... to thoughts and memories"
essay two // use of trains as a liminal spaces // use of text and image - Hopper's Compartment C, Car 293
"journey's are the midwives of thought"
essay two // metaphor - figurative language // use of train as liminal spaces
"Nature ... was an antidote to the evils of the city"
essay five // thesis // pursuit of happiness is derived from nature // opinion of Wordsworth
"Nature can so inform / the mind that ... the dreary intercourse of daily life / shall ne'er prevail against us"
essay five // excerpt from Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey // large excerpt forces reader to stop and consider // text and image (cloud)
"noble bearing" "no ill-temper in a storm"
essay five // connotative language // nature as benevolent
"our identities are malleable ... we change according to whom, and sometimes what, we are with"
essay five // thesis set up by complex sentence // related to natures benevolence
"spots of time"
essay five // the idea that nature can give a piece of time // text and image // Kindred Spitits
"Tintern Abbey, on revisiting the banks of the wye during a tour. July 13, 1789"
essay five // Wordsworth's method of remembering his "spots of time" //
"On travelling in the lake district, 14-18 September 2000"
essay five // irony by using Wordsworth's method
"the city had stubbornly refused to change"
essay nine // bathetic/pathetic fallacy // circular nature of travel is reflected by the circular nature of the book
"the sole cause of mans unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room" - Pascal
essay nine // representational choice to make quote it as a fragment
"required ten mules, thirty pieces of luggage, .. a compass, ... and a gun"
"the second a pair of pink and blue cotton pyjamas"
essay nine // contrast of cumulative list
"the pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependant on the mindset with which we travel, rather than the destination"
essay nine // complex sentence thesis set up // habituation causes a loss in connection with a landscape
"we have become habituated and therefore blind"
essay nine // habituation causes a loss in connection with a landscape
"Xavier de Maistre was gently nudging us to try ... to notice what we have already seen"
essay nine // paradox // last line leaves reader with something to ponder
H. K. Huysman - Duc des Esseintes
essay one guide and place
Clause Baudelaire and Edward Hopper
the train, the aeroplane, the service station
essay two guide(s) and place(s)
On Travelling Places
The Lake District
essay five guide and place
On the Country and the City
Xavier de Maistre
essay nine guide and place
Automat / Gas/ Compartment C, Car 293
Artworks by Edward Hopper
"I love not man less but nature more"
opening epigraph by Bryon, establishes romantic ideology
"Happiness is only real when shared"
close up of last words, naturalistic view
"The climatic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage"
Chris' reason for leaving his known landscape behind and searching for the romantic ideal of nature
"I am falling safely to the ground"
Line from 'Lonely Nights' foreshadowing of death
"things, things, things! I don't need things! I don't want things!"
inability to fit into familial landscape, unconnectedness to family
"let me paraphrase Thoreau; 'rather than love, than money, than fame, than fairness, give me truth'"
use of romantic literary figures and their influence
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