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Vorm en ontbinding: Démasqué der Schoonheid/ Pat Andrea

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Paddestolen schieten omhoog in dit warm-vochtige weer, en vergaan net zo snel als zij zijn verschenen. 

 


“Een schijnsolide compromis van vorm en ontbinding”, wat ontzettend goed gezegd.

De paddestoel speelt ook in Alice in Wonderland een belangrijke rol, als magisch middel voor snelle groei en krimp:
There was a large mushroom growing near her, about the same height as herself; and when she had looked under it, and on both sides of it, and behind it, it occurred to her that she might as well look and see what was on the top of it.
She stretched herself up on tiptoe, and peeped over the edge of the mushroom, and her eyes immediately met those of a large caterpillar, that was sitting on the top with its arms folded, quietly smoking a long hookah, and taking not the smallest notice of her or of anything else.[…]

In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away in the grass, merely remarking as it went,
‘One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.’
‘One side of WHAT? The other side of WHAT?’ thought Alice to herself.
‘Of the mushroom,’ said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.
Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand.
‘And now which is which?’ she said to herself, and nibbled a little of the right-hand bit to try the effect: the next moment she felt a violent blow underneath her chin: it had struck her foot!
She was a good deal frightened by this very sudden change, but she felt that there was no time to be lost, as she was shrinking rapidly; so she set to work at once to eat some of the other bit. Her chin was pressed so closely against her foot, that there was hardly room to open her mouth; but she did it at last, and managed to swallow a morsel of the lefthand bit. […] ”

Bij Menno ter Braak, in Démasqué der Schoonheid, vond ik een schitterende formulering:

“[…] De paddestoel […] staat even te figureren als een schijnsolide compromis van vorm en ontbinding en zinkt weer weg in de oerpap, waaruit hij voortkwam; hij heeft zijn rol volmaakt en magistraal gespeeld, ook als hij de mens niet diende in de champignonsoep; men kan hem niets verwijten.”

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Pat Andrea heft ook hiervan een mooie illustratie gemaakt, waar Alice zelf samenvalt met de paddestoel.


Alice in Wonderland is absoluut geen sentimenteel boek, en wie goed leest zal zien dat de dood dus ook vaak om de hoek komt kijken.

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Alice zelf…. een schijnsolide compromis van vorm en ontbinding, zoals wij allemaal.

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