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David Carr and Edward S. Casey (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1973) 399-403. 6 For example, consider Erwin Schroedinger's observation: "With very few exceptions (that really are exceptions) the course of events in nature is irreversible. If we try to imagine a time-sequence of phenomena exactly opposite to one that is actually observedas in a cinema-film projected in reversed ordersuch a reversed sequence, though it can easily be imagined, would nearly always be in gross contradiction to well-established laws of physical science" (Mind and Matter [Cambridge: University Press, 1958] 83).

For example, consider for a moment that Dostoevsky in 1876 pleads for a renewal of faith in Russian peasantry, for their future transformation because he believes they con- < previous page page_27 next page > < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 tain in germinal form the sacred qualites which they desire. Holiness, he believes, will one day be the dominant state of the Russian peasant which will inform all of his actions. He recalls next the Easter week in Siberia, a time when, through Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection all men may be emancipated from the shackles of sin.

One might wish to agree with Robert Frost when he asserts that metaphor constitutes the whole of thinking. 6 One would not disagree with Booth's assertion that "a metaphor cannot be judged without reference to a context"7 which would implicate memory. I ask that you remember the story of the peasant Marey while I briefly recall the myth of memory. In the Theogony Hesiod tells us that Mnemosyne was the daughter of Earth (Ge) and sky (Uranos). Uranos, you remember, was the first son of Ge, who had been born out of chaos.

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