“desire started up through the formless darkness of being”

From the website of Vivo Venetia:

“Il Redentore, the Redeemer festival is one of the most beloved Venice events, really appreciated by the venetians. It is a full weekend of festivities and celebrations that culminates with the magnificent fireworks that are reflected in Saint Marc basin, leaving open-mouthed even those who attend the show every year. It is on the third Sunday of July that Venice celebrates the end of the terrible plague of 1576 that killed 50,000 people. To ask for god intervention, in 1576 the Senat decided to built a small wooden church on giudecca island, the redentore church. On 20th July 1577 the end of the plague was celebrated, thanking the redeemer Christ for the grace received, through a procession. To cross the Giudecca Canal and reach the redentore Church on foot, a bridge of barges was created. From 5 centuries, tradition is still alived and a temporary bridge allow to reach the magnificient church. Deep with us into the story of this redentore festival and into the best events to join.”

From: Eustace and Hilda (1947), by L.P. Hartley:

“Eustace was touched by this gesture, which he attributed to the liberating influence of the fireworks, and wondered how Lady Nelly would respond to a caress from him. Perhaps the same impulse was felt in all the hundreds of little boats that gently rocked beneath their lanterns on the windless, unfretted water; perhaps every heart sent up a rocket to its objective in the empyrean of love. The thought pleased Eustace, and he tried to make the symbol more exact. Viewless, perceptible only by the energy, the winged whizz of its flight, desire started up through the formless darkness of being; its goal reached, it burst into flower- a flower of light that transfigured everything around it; having declared and made itself manifest, it dropped back released and fulfilled, and then at a moment that one could never foresee, it died, easily, gently, as unregretted as a match that a man blows out when it has shown him something more precious than itself.

Silvestro and Erminio had finished their supper and were dis-
posed upon the poop- Erminio upright and slender at the back,
Silvestro accommodating his bulk horizontally to the curves and
planes, the projections and recesses, of which the rear end of the
gondola was so bewilderingly composed. Catching Eustace’s eye,
he pivoted monumentally upon his elbow and said:
“Piace ai signori la mostra pirotecnica?”
“What does he say?” said Lord Morecambe.
“He wants to know if we are pleased with the pyrotechnics,”
said Eustace.”

“A very Leanesque brief encounter.” (Peter Bradshaw)

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