Perhaps it is too late to wallow in the futility of nostalgia or to merely mourn those who deserve a lot more than condolences and commemorator
Laurel Amtower observes that as Giovanni repeats himself to the feast's guests in his effort to persuade them that indeed it is Annabella's heart skewered on the end of his dagger, he recapitulates and extends the organ's symbolic significance, its textual tissue: 'Giovanni's emblematic wielding of Annabella's heart before him signals his identity as lover, commemorator
, and avenger', (11) Amtower remarks.
This gave her focal position as an anti-Nazi, as a witness, and as a commemorator
of the Nazi event.
Bergamino in turn reflects the subtle mind and sharp rhetoric of his own commemorator
, Filostrato, and perhaps the qualities of the model narrator of the Decameron.
A cluster of associations recurs: the poet's dead wife, her official commemorator
, the themes of redemption and human value as illustrated by myth, poetry, and painting.
Though this makes them promising commemorators
and transmitters of cultural values, there is also an amnesiac quality to the material incarnations of memory that such apparent portability produces.
It also means that we get more of what the upper- and middle-class granters and commemorators
thought working-class heroism should be--as they sought to use it for didactic purposes--than working-class conceptions themselves.