By Laurie Lee
Andalusia is a fondness - and fifteen years after his final stopover at Laurie Lee again. He came upon a rustic damaged through the Civil battle, however the totems of indestructible Spain continue to exist: the Christ in soreness, the exciting flamenco cry-the satisfaction in poverty, the gypsy depth in brilliant whitewashed slums, the cult of the bullfight, the exultation in loss of life, the humour of hopelessness-the paradoxes deep within the fiery bones of Spain. wealthy with kaleidoscopic photos, A Rose for iciness is as sensual and evocative because the sun-scorched panorama of Andalusia itself.
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It had been sent to her, at h er request, by a certain Mrs. Elisabeth M organ who, although she rem ains a shadowy figure, was to becom e A lexandra’s first patron. She was a m ature woman, an occultist, who b e frie n d e d F ren ch stu d e n ts visiting E ngland. A lexandra, as she sat alone in the garden, stared at the pale blue cover with its enigm atic oriental symbols. T h e contents were still m ore perplexing: unfam iliar language, twists of thought, snatches of Sanskrit. At first she supposed it was all craziness, b u t she soon d eter m ined to find o ut in person.
Lawrence, who e a rn e d a bachelor’s degree from O xford, spent most of his time wan d ering about England or reading medieval literature. A lexandra had 28 B OOK ONE: T H E SEEKER to re tu rn often to Brussels to continue h er musical studies. T h e stern ju d g e within h e r refused to let h e r rest. She could p rep a re for no def inite career because those o pen to w om en were too limited. However, the u n h ap p y and frustrated young w om an did not convert smoothly to B uddhism . L ater in life she liked to give that impression, b u t in reality she painfully oscillated from pole to pole.
A lexandra writes that the “young m an” left that same evening for Marseilles and a ship b o u n d for India. In fact, A lexandra did not break her ties so quickly. She resorted again to h e r tem ple o f learning, the Musée Guimet. Ascending the gran d staircase past frescos of a B rahm in tending a ritual fire, B uddhist m onks in saffron togas carrying begging bowls, a Japanese tem ple am id cherry blossoms with icy m ountains in the background, she felt like a pilgrim proceeding toward the unraveling o f the suprem e mystery.