Also to be consulted is the massive, kaleidoscopic 1991 collection of essays presented in Rome in 1987 (Enfance abandonee
et societe en Europe, XIV-XXe siecle), and the relevant essays in John Henderson and Richard Wall's Poor Women and Children in the European Past (1994).
A metaphor for how easily perception can alter, fog erases "les contours de la campagne autour du train" so that the landscape becomes "une contree abandonee
," as if devastated by "une catastrophe secrete, muette, une sorte d'epidemie foudroyante entrainant leur totale desintegration." The narrator finds this "reposante," like the beginning of "un de ces films ou romans d'anticipation" that he hadn't intended to write but that springs from his journey's inception, its plot "furnie tout naturellement par le voyage." From this sudden strangeness emanate the form and content of both his and Reda's writing.
Chaque habitant du cylindre est defini par rapport a cette recherche: les "chercheurs" cherchent (dans "l'arene" au fond du cylindre), les "grimpeurs" cherchent (mais dans les niches et tunnels situes autour de l'arene), les "guetteurs" attendent de chercher, les "sedentaires" sont d'anciens chercheurs susceptibles de reprendre cette activite, et les "vaincus" sont d' anciens chercheurs qui ont abandonee
Raoul's monologue thus establishes normative positions of foreigner, lover, artist, homosexual, abandonee
, and wife, precisely in order to throw them off balance by allowing th e characters to circulate among them.
23.3 To understand derelicta...et tanquam specula to mean 'meme etant abandonee
comme une guette' seems impossibly forced.
He had gestured toward the model and said "Abandonee
. You [to this writer] know the word in French?
One is not an abandonee
, a finder, a converter, or any other kind of re-possessor until one acts.
(70) The exploration of the sentimental appears in a number of lyric or elegiac works based on ancient fable and composed by sixteenth-century French authors, including Melin de Saint-Gelais's Chant triste, de Medee, abandonee
de son ayme Jason (1548), a text which concentrates not on Medea's magic arts and wicked intentions, but on her abandonment and suffering--in other words, her human and emotional side: see Braybrook, 364.
who was killed in an accident," while Ruth's mother "tended us with a gentle indifference that made me feel like she would have liked to have been even more alone--she was the abandonee
and not the one abandoned" (109).
I call one who claims abandoned property an "abandonee
." Full ownership of the acquired object vests in the abandonee
, and his rights are secure.