Belle Moral: A Natural History

Belle Moral: A Natural History

Ann-Marie MacDonald

Language: English

Pages: 84

ISBN: 0307397246

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Following her father’s death, amateur scientist Pearl MacIsaac struggles to discover the secret of her family’s past, which her father had been kept hidden with the help of the family doctor. Set in Scotland in 1899, this dark and redemptive gothic comedy is a story of family secrets that have come to life and of the birth and evolution of ideas – and truly a play of morals. Reaching out in two directions to reconcile the extremes of rationalism and romanticism, Belle Moral embraces a complex range of turn-of-the-century thought including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, contemporary medical beliefs and the concept of eugenics.

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Une jeune femme en guerre, Tome 1: Été 1943 - printemps 1944

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is going on in this house?! DR REID. Pearl – PEARL. Tell me! DR REID. Wait until we are wed, I beseech you. PEARL. Why? DR REID. Because … PEARL. Because it is a horror. DR REID. Because it is a gift. My gift to you. FLORA. Seamus –! PEARL. Show me this instant. Or leave my sight. He holds out his hand. She takes it. Thunder. They exit. FLORA goes to follow but turns back. FLORA. Why have you given up the search? WEE FARLEIGH. What search, Miss? FLORA. Did Dr Reid not ask you to

profess no longer to believe. We have slain our brother, Abel, and who was he? Did he walk on two legs, or four? Did he creep, or swim, or fly? If we fail to recognize our true nature, we shall conduct our lives according to criteria that are divorced from matter – from our mother – Earth. If we behave as gods – warring, feasting and plundering – then, like gods, are we doomed to disappear in a twilight of our own making? Perhaps Victor was no more “hysterical” than Cassandra when she prophesied

profess no longer to believe. We have slain our brother, Abel, and who was he? Did he walk on two legs, or four? Did he creep, or swim, or fly? If we fail to recognize our true nature, we shall conduct our lives according to criteria that are divorced from matter – from our mother – Earth. If we behave as gods – warring, feasting and plundering – then, like gods, are we doomed to disappear in a twilight of our own making? Perhaps Victor was no more “hysterical” than Cassandra when she prophesied

you, then. DR REID. I’ll sign nothing. In the eyes of the law, this creature does not even exist, she hasn’t so much as a birth certificate. Realizes what he has said even as PEARL produces a second document. That was Ramsay’s idea. He forbade me to register her birth, he – PEARL. In the eyes of the law, you as attending physician were responsible for registering the child’s birth. ABBOTT [reading from a law book through his pince nez]. “It shall be the duty of every qualified medical

is seduced by a second chance; of good intentions gone awry; of the subtle, and crucial, relationship between knowledge and power; and of the very different meanings – or species – of love. Dr Reid is the hero of his own story, a good and ethical man to the end, in his own eyes. Flora is deceptively dotty on the surface, and fearless at the core. Her “dottiness” is an effect of her good-natured impulse to nurture her loved-ones, combined with her effort to keep track of all the lies and secrets

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