Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter!

Here are a couple of Easter-related quotes from Diana Gabaldon's books, just in time for the holiday.

*** SPOILER WARNING!! *** 

If you haven't read all eight of the OUTLANDER books, there are spoilers below. Read at your own risk.

Easter Eggs

I like Roger's memories of Easter with his kids:
[Roger's] heart rose, in spite of his anxiety, when he came to the top of the pass and saw Lallybroch below him, its white-harled buildings glowing in the fading light. Everything lay peaceful before him: late cabbages and turnips in orderly rows within the kailyard walls, safe from grazing sheep--there was a small flock in the far meadow, already bedding for the night, like so many woolly eggs in a nest of green grass, like a kid’s Easter basket.

The thought caught at his throat, with memories of the horrible cellophane grass that got everywhere, Mandy with her face—and everything else within six feet of her—smeared with chocolate, Jem carefully writing Dad on a hard-boiled egg with a white crayon, then frowning over the array of dye cups, trying to decide whether blue or purple was more Dad-like.

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 29, "Return to Lallybroch". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I'm Jewish, so I don't celebrate Easter, but we did occasionally dye eggs when I was little, just for fun, and this bit makes me smile, remembering that.



The photo above shows the Easter vigil at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.  It looks very much as Jamie remembers:
"The church was all dark,” Jamie continued, “but the folk coming for the service would buy small tapers from the crones at the doors. It was something like this”--I felt, rather than saw, his motion at the sky above--“a great space above, all ringing wi’ the silence, and folk packed in on every side.” Hot as it was, I gave an involuntary shiver at these words, which conjured up a vision of the dead around us, crowding silently side by side, in anticipation of an imminent resurrection.

“And then, just when I thought I couldna bear the silence and the crowd, there came the priest’s voice from the door. ‘Lumen Christi!’ he called out, and the acolytes lit the great candle that he carried. Then from it they took the flame to their own tapers, and scampered up and down the aisles, passing the fire to the candles o’ the faithful.”

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 2, "In Which We Meet a Ghost". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Happy Easter to all of you who are celebrating!

2 comments:

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen Happy Easter , I love the quote from Drums and I think its beautiful that Jamie is not afraid to show the religious side of his personality and that it s strong , it makes him more beautiful in my eyes , Starz is having an season 3 marathon this week so will be watching . hope you had a great holiday , please post more soon. Happy Week , Sincerely .

Elizabeth Graziano said...

Hi Karen, I had a amazing experience on the Resurection Day. Being that Passover started on March 30 and Easter on April 1st, I was in the grocery store and a lady was purchasing goods for Passover and Easter, I said I wish both the BEST for you, she answered me in a very fascinating way. She said "I am a Jew for Jesus and I hold on to old roots and trust in the Jew God gave as his Son, Jesus".
I just started to shed tears and she hugged me and touched my face and blessed me.

This was a wow moment for me.