[Milton-L] Sounds like something our own JL would have said . . .

M. Kelley notlim22 at comcast.net
Wed Jan 4 11:00:23 EST 2012

To the blushing new year we might add Raphael's responsive to the
impertinent student Adam:





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SInce Carol mentions me (blush, blush) I shall speak up for my more
illustrious namesake and voice my opinion that Milton would have heartily
endorsed his pronouncement. My evidence? 'To the Nuptial bower / I led her
blushing like the Morn' (8.510-11). C.S.Lewis deplored Eve's blush ("most
offensive"), but Christopher Ricks in Keats and Embarrassment defends it on
exactly the grounds that John Leonard articulates so well, and Ricks adds
the splendid observation that Milton's syntax allows for the possibility
that Adam also blushes.



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From: Carol Barton, Ph.D. <mailto:cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>  

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Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 9:21 AM

Subject: [Milton-L] Sounds like something our own JL would have said . . .


however, quite happily, our John Leonard is still with us:



To be capable of embarrassment is the beginning of moral consciousness.
Honor grows from qualms. -John Leonard, critic (1939-2008) 

I think JM might have had some qualms about this pronouncement, though.

Happy, healthy, peaceful, prosperous, and productive New Year to all,


Carol Barton


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