Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thomas Hardy Said It Best

Sorry for not posting this week: I can't remember the last time I was so hammered with deadlines. But I wanted to share this snippet from Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the classic by Thomas Hardy that I just devoured. (Read it!) If I had a free week, I'd write a term paper on, "Dawn and Dusk in Thomas Hardy's Late Fiction." In lieu of that, here's the paragraph that I think most running moms can relate to!

"The grey half-tones of daybreak are not the grey half-tones of the day's close, though the degree of their shade may be the same. In the twilight of the morning, light seems active, darkness passive; in the twilight of evening, it is the darkness which is active and crescent and the light which is the drowsy reverse."

Something to contemplate as the sky pinks up on your next pre-dawn run.


Christi said...

Thanks for the great paragraph!

justme said...

i have wanted to read this book forever. i have a version from my dad's collection, you know with the gold gilded pages.....i am taking off the bookshelf and onto the bedside table on deck.

Sandra said...

I haven't seen a pink sky yet this winter, I'm out too early. But, I'll let this paragraph remind me of the days in spring and fall when it starts out dark, but I watch the sun rise about the moutain tops. Thanks for getting me through one more single digit morning run.