Sunday, January 23, 2011

Repair and Death

The act of repair reminds us of our own mortality.

Miss Havisham, the brooding, aged and rejected bride-to-be in Dicken's Great Expectations leaves her home to ruin and rot, because she does not want to admit the passage of time. Repair would indicate defeat; in not attempting to prevent the decay of her home and her person is, in essence, an attempt to stop time.

Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham in 'Great Expectations'

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1945
9 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (239 mm x 189 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968

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