But as soon as there is any departure from simplicity, and attempt at halfness
, or good for me that is not good for him, my neighbor feels the wrong; he shrinks from me as far as I have shrunk from him; his eyes no longer seek mine; there is war between us; there is hate in him and fear in me.
But man is not lost; he is "half-lost," and that halfness
Be that as it may, the stories of the Sirani or half-caste are inevitably those of liminal identities and fissured selves stigmatized by their halfness
or mixed extraction and its resultant connotations of racial and cultural contamination.
is the result of the disobedience of your tondi (double- soul)," answered God.
Poems which reflect such ontological uneasiness appear from Bishop's first volume on as with her early "Gentleman of Shalott" which presents a character who lives divided by a shifting, unstable mirror, who lives within the breach "of constant re-adjustment," within perpetual yet "exhilarating" uncertainty and halfness