Saturday, July 11, 2009


"Giulio and Maria have a beautiful apartment, the most impressive of which is, to my mind, the wall that Maria once covered with curses against Giulio (scrawled in thick black magic marker) because they were having an argument and "he yells louder than me" and she wanted to get a word in edgewise.

I think Maria is terrifically sexy, and this burst of passionate graffiti is only further evidence of it. Interestingly, though, Giulio sees the scrawled-upon wall as a sure-sign of Maria's repression, because she wrote her curses against him in Italian, and Italian is her second language, a language she has to think about for a moment before she can choose her words. He said if Maria had truly allowed herself to be overcome by anger–which she never does because she's a good Anglo-Protestant–then she would have written all over that wall in her native English. He says all Americans are like this: repressed. Which makes them dangerous and potentially deadly when they do blow up" (58).

-"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert

1 comment:

Amanda said...

i read that book. i loved the eat. maybe because i love to eat.
interesting book.