"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

The latomie are ancient stone quarries, now public parks. Prosperina is the Latin form of Persephone, the earth goddess' daughter abducted by the ruler of the underworld to become his consort. Grief over the abduction cause the nymph Cyane to be transformed into a spring.

[On the ancient stone quarries called "latomie".: Andre Gide, The Immortalist]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.12.2009

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