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1/ Thank you for reading my 1st thread on #DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES. This one will feature passages from the play that did not make it into the opera (opera composers always have to cut) but which illustrate important spiritual themes in both.
2/ Blanche is at her first interview with Mme. de Croissy, the Old Prioress. The OP says:
"Poor child. You've dreamed of this house the way a frightened child, just put to bed by the servants, dreams in her dark bedroom of the drawing room, of its light, of its heat. You know
3/ nothing of the solitude in which a true religious is exposed to live or die." A few lines later (and this IS in the opera):
BLANCHE: What does it matter, if God gives me strength?
OP: What He will test in you is not your strength but your weakness.

(I remember so well Crespin
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1/ Bc #DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES is coming up in about 2 hrs (available all night & thru tmrw pm), a few notes about it. As you know, it's the true story of the martyrdom of the Carmel of Compiegne in 1794, at the peak of the Terror. One nun was not condemned; her notes became
2/ the basis for a novel by Gertrud von le Fort called La dernière à l’échafaud, meaning The Last at the Scaffold, usually mistranslated as The Song at..., which captures fact that they sang hymns on their way to death, but misses the drama of the invented character Blanche de la
3/ Force and her struggle with fear. The 1930s French novelist & playwright Georges Bernanos worked on turning this into a screenplay: he completed much of it, including the end, but there a still some unfinished scenes. I read somewhere that he hadn’t even given it a name
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Today we celebrate the Feast of #StBenedict. A reading from the #Prologue of the #Rule. Benedict wrote it as a guide for the communities that he grew to be responsible for when he became the focus for people who wanted to live a different kind of life...1/
in response to the decadence so prevalent in Rome that he was moved to abandon his studies, and live in a (very well chosen) cave for three years. The locals around Subiaco grew to admire him, and some wanted to join him;..2/
..his example and way of life has had that effect ever since on men and women who have chosen to follow his example, both within organised communities the world over and, more recently, among people living ordinary lives in very varied circumstances. @LCStBen @opencloister 3/
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