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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Schism, parts 3779 - 3782

 3779. He felt that he could infuse a new spirit of realism into the age-old practice of painting images of Christ, Mary and the various saints. He went for long journeys into peasant villages always looking for faces and figures to use in his work. When he found someone with a suitable character he would make quick sketches in a notebook he carried, and later he would elaborate his sketches into drawings.

 3780. He was one of those happy people who are totally convinced of the correctness of their views, so much so that it did not even enter his head to question his plans for the future.

 3781. He looked forward to the day when he could set up his own studio after he finished his apprenticeship. He was either unaware or indifferent to the growing antagonism in educated society to all things religious and metaphysical.  

3782. His commitment to his calling was so complete that he planned to enter a monastery and become a monk. There was an odd similarity between this painter, and the sculptor that had been invited to Harriet’s birthday party. They both had two grandfathers, and two grandmothers living at the time of the events we are relating.

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