Saturday, September 29, 2007

Note to a woman starting to convert to Eastern Orthodoxy
What Rob said

Reminds me of C.S. Lewis’s Letters to an American Lady, an Episcopalian who’d just crossed the Tiber when they started corresponding in the 1950s. He wrote that the people in the centre of their respective traditions are closer to each other than the (loud — my addition) people on the fringes.

Yes, I look like I’m in fancy dress. I’ve had that hat for 15 years; I am ready for north-eastern American winters. Even walked long distances with it in woods and fields like in Dr Zhivago. And yes, I’m striking a pose; the hat and not smiling go together as Huw and Tripp note.

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