Love at first sight

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional woman?   I do. I have read in “Tawk el-hamam” (“Collier de la Colombe”) Ibn-hazm saying that it was possible to even fall in love in dreams and still be after wake up. Take a look to the following young girl (on right).

This is a picture of a young peasant girl in mountain with a stick in her hand and the herd (cows or bulls) behind grazing. Actually, this is a painting of William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) titled The Shepherdess (1889). It means a pastoral girl who is seduced by a knight and refuses or accepts. The girl on picture was posing for the painter (not fictional).

What attract me on this wonderful young girl is her kind (mind) appearance, modest clothes and her noble work: herd keeper (a prophets’ occupation). Maybe this girl is helping her family or enjoying a passion. I guess she is healthier to live in countryside and has sane feelings, sensitivity and nature-inspired imagination and sense of beauty. Educated? maybe at home. I don’t know if there was homeschooling in France in nineteen century?
Nevertheless, our girl may learned women tradition at home and outside. Back over to simple life: land work, more contact with nature. This means something to me. At least, I could try it as hobby while keeping minimum modern life style. Or would you say staying confined in a crowded city and 8-hours office work is better?

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3 Responses to “Love at first sight”

  1. keymus23 Says:

    Leo Tolstoy once said:
    “I have lived through much and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet, secluded life in the country with the possibility of being useful to people…” I agree with this view because I’ve never seen warm community living except in small countryside villages where everyone knows and help his neighbors. Where you realize the beauty of nature and the mightiness of the creator. Where there is no stress so you can contemplate and realize who you really are and what’s life mean. Christopher McCandless, an solitary adventurer, that read Tolstoy said after a lonely journey in rude Alaska: ” happiness only real when shared”.

  2. brian Says:

    there is a beauty in her and the simplicity of her life and it leads me to believe she has a gentle rhythm as well.

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