Remembrance: Marcel Proust #73

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #73

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


“I feel that there is
much to be said
for the Celtic belief
that the souls
of those whom
we have lost
are held captive
in some inferior being,
in an animal,
in a plant,
in some inanimate object,
and thus effectively lost
to us until the day
(which to many never comes)
when we happen
to pass by the tree
or to obtain possession
of the object
which forms their prison.
Then they start and tremble,
they call us by our name,
and as soon
as we have recognised them
the spell is broken.
Delivered by us,
they have overcome death
and return
to share our life.

And so it is
with our own past.
It is a labour
in vain
to attempt
to recapture it:
all the efforts
of our intellect
must prove futile.
The past is hidden
somewhere outside
the realm,
beyond the reach
of intellect,
in some material object
(in the sensation
which that material object
will give us)
of which we have
no inkling.
And it depends
on chance
whether or not
we come upon
this object
before we ourselves
must die.”

― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave