Friday, May 30, 2008

Quotes: Dragons. Dreams.

The idea in bold face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Dragons 1236 A dragon with 100 heads. "It is said that there was a dragon beneath the tree, with a hundred terrible heads, fifty of which were always on the watch, while the other fifty slept." “The Three Golden Apples” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Dream 497 A dream of guilt. " …ever since the second ambush he had been feeling the apprehension of a man in a dream who knows he is guilty, is waiting for his punishment, and cannot remember his crime." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead.

Dreams 20 Suing for pleasure in a dream denied in real life. "Lamia was ridiculously unjust to sue a young man for a reward, who had confessed that pleasure from her in a dream which she had denied unto his waking senses." Sir Thomas Browne, “On Dreams.” c. 1650. Gross, ed. Essays.

Dreams 196 Sleeper whose soul wanders away from his body to do things in his dream. "The soul of a sleeper is supposed to wander away from his body and actually to visit the places, to see the persons, and to perform the acts of which he dreams." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Dreams 196 Indian blames employer for what the employer did in the Indian's dreams. "An … Indian in weak health, who dreamed that his employer had made him haul the canoe up a series of difficult cataracts, bitterly reproached his master next morning for his want of consideration in thus making a poor invalid go out and toil during the night." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Dreams 601 Dreamed of wanting something then visited wigwams and were given gifts; if a gift was what had been dreamed of he was congratulated by everyone; those who did not get what they wanted would never get it. "Then they all dreamed of something, a knife, a dog, skin, or whatever…and when morning came they went from wigwam to wigwam asking for presents…received silently, till the particular thing was given them which they had dreamed about…uttered a cry of joy and rushed from the hut, amid the congratulations of all present…health of those who received what they had dreamed of was believed to be assured; whereas those who did not get what they had set their hearts upon regarded their fate as sealed." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Dreams 676 Mistletoe and dreams of good and bad omens. "…in Wales it was believed that a sprig of mistletoe gathered on St. John’s Eve (Midsummer Eve), or at any time before the berries appeared, would induce dreams of omen, both good and bad, if it were placed under the pillow of the sleeper." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Dreams 90 Waking from a wonderful, peaceful dream in a time of war. "Roth dreamt that he was catching butterflies in a lovely green meadow when Minetta wakened him for guard." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead.

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