Part 2 of 3
Curiosity And Desire
by WildMan aka, George Palczynski
Revving The RPMs
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
– Dorothy Parker
“Perhaps that is why desire causes men calamity. By identifying with our desires and taking them too seriously, we not only increase our susceptibility to disappointment, we actually create a climate inhospitable to the free and easy fulfillment of those desires.”
― Tom Robbins (American novelist)
Ms. Parker had it right; women, just as all felines, are forever curious about near anything, and proximity triggers intense curiosity. Women are bound to curiosity by a natural force as much as they are bound to the earth by gravity.
Mr. Robbins speaks of men’s desires and it’s true in one way or another but had he in mind paradigms of desire, he would surely have brought up women’s desires. What can stop them? What alleviates them? Women’s desires are for …more. Having one of X is not enough. X must be had in triplicate. There needs be one in vermilion, one in cerise, and one rufous. There’s a reason back of that but don’t ask a man to explain it. It’s a minor qualm of even a smaller problem, but it bears mentioning for being odd but true. And that’s what this is all about – the odd but true essentials that are the makeup of women.
Recall, from part 1, the Queen of Sheba, the paradigm of the nature of woman as flesh. The paragon herself expresses that nature, and by it, reveals that all women, to some degree, are aware of that nature and its allure.
There is also that other nature of the female, the inorganic. And for this we have another paradigm, also provided by Flaubert.
This man, this writer, knew women as few others did. He understood also the nature of a woman’s mind and soul and provides for us another paragon – the indelible Emma Bovary.
Art And Life And Imitation
Madame Bovary is one of literature’s masterpieces. And the Creation myth is one of our greatest stories.
The Creation story offers us the man, Adam, who is not delectable, and the woman, Eve, who is. So too does ‘Madame Bovary’ offer the same – the ordinary Charles; the delectable Emma. Charles, as was Adam, was useful, practical, and content. Emma, as was Eve, was curious, imaginative, and desirous.
The Creator could not have been surprised at the humans’ fall from grace. What possibly could HE have imagined the result of free will would be? I wonder if HE wondered though, which would first fall, Adam, or the woman? I believe HE had strong suspicions. I would not be surprised what they were. Would anyone… really?
The creator of Emma was not surprised at Emma’s descent to disgrace. The story was not one of surprise but inevitability.
Neither Eve, nor Emma, was evil. Both merely, simply, allowed their natures to hold sway over them. Here is the test of Free Will. Which will take hold the reins, the will, or nature?
Note that throughout many of our stories, women are harder on themselves then men are, when facing their failings. There’s Antigone, Lucretia, Cleopatra, Ophelia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Anna Karenina, Abigaille (Nabucco), Angelica (Suor Angelica), Cio-Cio San (Madame Butterfly), Hedda Gabler, Catherine (Jules and Jim), Susannah Fincannon (Legends of the Fall), and more, still more.
Oh Woe, Oh Woe Is Me
“I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.”
Katherina, Taming Of The Shrew Act 3 Scene 2 (William Shakespeare)
Brave words, Kate – in the turn of what thy husband would have want for.
But thy words drip silent to the wants the wife cannot bear resist in her turn. Resist first thyself, maiden.
Why Beat About The Bush Getting To The Nub
We’d all be slurping chilled mimosas, and EDEN would be our world if only…
Giving birth would be as a day at the spa, if only…
‘Intimacy’ would be not so much undignified, if only…
93% of the population would not be afraid of snakes, if only…
Fruit salad would have it all over charbroiled steak, if only…
“Life would be a dream, sweetheart” would be more than a song, if only…
A cursed world would not be man’s dominion to water by his sweat, if only…
There’d be no consternating at getting eaten by bears or bugs, if only…
There would be no need to don fig leaves, if only… (that’s what started the damned infernal itching! There’d be no infernal itching)… if, if… only…
And what all had it got women? A thou shalt.
“And then also, to the woman, HE said…
‘yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.'”
Allow women a collective stomp at that outcome and the resultant quake would break the world.
Woman, Know Thyself
Women, a good many of them, are resolutely miffed that they get blamed for the exile from the Garden. Suggest to them they’d have fared better if the Minx had consulted the MAN before the fact and not been so all-fired certain she could beguile him after, and… you might get swung at.
No woman worth her second x chromosome is without knowledge of her powers or her destructive capabilities. Women are more aware of it than men. Mothers know it better than sons, and are not timid bursting young men’s bubbles, well… trying. Women are women’s greatest critics. There are more misogynists among the female sex than the male. It is another great mystery – that women are the most formidable force against women – for reasons good, bad, inscrutable… and inappreciable.
That last we will be examined in – Part 3 of 3.
Womenology 102: Advanced Womanry