Thursday, February 18, 2010

My State of Mind

My State of Mind

So much work to do because of my studies that a part of me cannot give in to what it loves - drawing!!! Holidays where are thee? I need you!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fairy Tale

A few weeks ago, I had an exam where I had to write a story that would end by the following sentence : "if you run after two hares, you will catch neither". A weird exercise but it was fun to do it! Here my fairy tale.

Once upon a time, far off the land, lived in a remote castle a princess named Alice. She was a spoiled girl who could have whatever she wanted – thus she had never had to choose. When she was given the choice to have either a black horse or a white one, she took them both.

Her mother Queen Ann was obsessed with finding her a husband who would be the next king when she and her husband King George would pass away – they were very old.

The King was said to be an odd person. He had never said a word of all his life. Some said he was dumb and others said his tongue had been cut some day during a battle. But it was not true. Actually, King George was not timorous, he had always thought that the world was full of people who did not listen to what others said and that it was a waste of time to open his mouth and utter words that no one would listen or understand as it was too difficult – the king was very intelligent, too intelligent maybe. The forest and its animals was his favourite place in the kingdom – that was why he spent his spare time hunting.

One day, Queen Ann decided to organize a ball where all the young men of the realm would be invited. Thus Alice would choose – at last – her husband. So the next evening, all the men arrived at the castle. It had been a hard night for Alice as it was the first time in all her life that she had to make a decision – as in the kingdom the Queen was not given the right to have several husbands.

She had been thinking for several hours when she eventually chose two young men. But it was too hard, she could not decide which one she would marry. Both were handsome, nice, they had beautiful hair – and the most important for Alice, they were both very wealthy, thus they would give her whatever she wanted. The dawn was going to break and Alice still had not made a decision. Her mother could not bear it no more and called for the King to come. The latter arrived and sat. Alice had to wait for a long time before her father looked at her and eventually said : “Dear Alice, if you run after two hares, you will catch neither”.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Raven and The Fox

The Raven and the Fox 1

Perch'd on a lofty oak,

Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese;

Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,

Thus to the holder spoke:─

"Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?

Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one!

So black and glossy, on my word, sir,

With voice to match, you were a bird, sir,

Well fit to be the Phoenix of these days."

Sir Raven, overset with praise,

Must show how musical his croak.

Down fell the luncheon from the oak;

Which snatching up, Sir Fox thus spoke:─

"The flatterer, my good sir,

Aye liveth on his listener;

Which lesson, if you please,

Is doubtless worth the cheese."

A bit too late, Sir Raven swore

The rogue should never cheat him more.

Jean de La Fontaine

The Raven and the Fox 1

Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché,

Tenait en son bec un fromage.

Maître Renard, par l'odeur alléché,

Lui tint à peu près ce langage :

"Hé ! bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau.

Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau !

Sans mentir, si votre ramage

Se rapporte à votre plumage,

Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois. "

A ces mots le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie ;

Et pour montrer sa belle voix,

Il ouvre un large bec, laisse tomber sa proie.

Le Renard s'en saisit, et dit : "Mon bon Monsieur,

Apprenez que tout flatteur

Vit aux dépens de celui qui l'écoute :

Cette leçon vaut bien un fromage, sans doute. "

Le Corbeau, honteux et confus,

Jura, mais un peu tard, qu'on ne l'y prendrait plus.

Jean de La Fontaine

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