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Monday, March 28, 2016

The Captain's Sculpture, parts 25 - 28

  25. She would never have said this herself, but it was obvious to me that she thought an artist’s opinions about anything at all were entirely above and beyond the ideas of ordinary mortals. You may be the sort of person who enjoys some flowers placed on a table, but Mrs. Festini was the kind of person who “really” appreciated those very same flowers.

  26. She appreciates the flower more than you do because she really “sees” the flower. It was no use trying to reason with her; even so I tried one time.

  27. I said to her, “These policemen actually do love the deer that they hunt and shoot. The best way to understand it is to consider the attitude the Native Americans had to the animals they hunted. Their adoration of wildlife reached a point of a religious intensity. The fact is, these policeman in your class retain some of that primitive, hunter instinct.”

28. But I was wasting my words with silly explanations; all she said was something about drinking beer in the woods and shooting down innocent animals with high-powered rifles.

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