Ambiguities in Literature and Film: Selected Papers from the by Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film

By Florida State University Conference on Literature and Film (7th : 1982), Hans P. Braendlin

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Such writers as Pierre Duhem, Sir Arthur Eddington, Sir James Jeans, Werner Heisenberg, Sir Charles Sherrington, Erwin Schroedinger, Otto Frisch, and Carl Friedrich yon Weizsäcker have pictured the physicist as the Platonic man who sees beyond the wall. Their image of the physicist is that of the priest who has penetrated the phenomena of locality and duration, to discover the mathematical truths that constitute a higher reality. Such men provide the books for the ''vertical" search. Other modem thinkers have seen the likeness of wall-watching to moviegoing.

Because Lol does not see herself seen, she repeats the scene which elides her place as the center of others' looks. Out of sight, Lol loses her sites. This is the sense of her loss of consciousness once Stretter and Richardson exit. Lol is pure vision. So long as she sees, she is conscious. " Lol is difficult to define and to captivate. She thwarts the narrator's efforts to write himself into her scenario. He can never take place in what has already occurred. All scenes subsequent to the fantasy of the ball scene bear the mark of the already seen.

But what is being pictured here? The title, The Young Philadelphians, gives it away. They are the young inhabitants of love. Following the Christian existentialists, Walker Percy believes that communion, intersubjectivity as Marcel calls it, is the basis of shared reality, the only alternative to the isolated reality offered by Plato and Descartes. Such a love is an incarnation, a blending of spirit with body. We should be prepared, then, for the conclusion. In her majestic speech to Binx, Aunt Emily states that almost everyone is a Laodician, whom God will surely punish, now that the Apocalypse has come.

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