Re: Joyce: even though
- From: "John Holmes" <see@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 22:09:08 +1000
On 4/09/2011 6:46 PM, Marius Hancu wrote:Hello:
[The punishments of hell]
— Last and crowning torture of all the tortures of that awful place
is the eternity of hell. Eternity! O, dread and dire word. Eternity!
What mind of man can understand it? And remember, it is an eternity
of pain. Even though the pains of hell were not so terrible as they
are, yet they would become infinite, as they are destined to last
for ever. But while they are everlasting they are at the same time,
as you know, intolerably intense, unbearably extensive.
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
"even though": how about "even if" here?
Yes, that would work.
Joyce is recounting, as if they were true, the fairy stories the
Catholic church uses to frighten the children. The horror of hell
keeps them nicely intimidated.
Yes, exactly. And the choice of "even though" over "even if" is part of the way he is lampooning the gobbledygook.
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