|Gregory resumed in high oratorical good-humour.|
'An artist is identical with an anarchist,' he cried. 'You might transpose the words anywhere. An anarchist is an artist. The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. He sees how much more valuable is one burst of blazing light, one peal of perfect thunder, than the mere common bodies of a few shapeless policemen. An artist disregards all governments, abolishes all conventions. The poet delights in disorder only. If it were not so, the most poetical thing in the world would be the Underground Railway.'
'So it is,' said Mr. Syme.
'Nonsense!' said Gregory, who was very rational when anyone else attempted paradox. 'Why do all the clerks and navvies in the railway trains look so sad and tired, so very sad and tired? I will tell you. It is because they know that the train is going right. It is because they know that whatever place they have taken a ticket for, that place they will reach. It is because after they have passed Sloane Square they know that the next station must be Victoria, and nothing but Victoria. Oh, their wild rapture! oh, their eyes like stars and their souls again in Eden, if the next station were unaccountably Baker Street!'
'It is you who are unpoetical,' replied the poet Syme. 'If what you say of clerks is true, they can only be as prosaic as your poetry. The rare, strange thing is to hit the mark; the gross, obvious thing is to miss it. We feel it is epical when man with one wild arrow strikes a distant bird. Is it not also epical when man with one wild engine strikes a distant station? Chaos is dull; because in chaos the train might indeed go anywhere, to Baker Street, or to Bagdad. But man is a magician, and his whole magic is this, that he does say Victoria, and lo! it is Victoria. No, take your books of mere poetry and prose, let me read a time-table, with tears of pride. Take your Byron, who commemorates the defeats of man; give me Bradshaw who commemorates his victories. Give me Bradshaw, I say!'
'Must you go?' inquired Gregory sarcastically.
'I tell you,' went on Syme with passion, 'that every time a train comes in I feel that it has broken past batteries of besiegers, and that man has won a battle against chaos. You say contemptuously that when one has left Sloane Square one must come to Victoria. I say that one might do a thousand things instead, and that whenever I really come there I have the sense of hair-breadth escape. And when I hear the guard shout out the word "Victoria", it is not an unmeaning word. It is to me the cry of a herald announcing conquest. It is to me indeed "Victoria"; it is the victory of Adam.'
-The Man Who Was Thursday, G. K. Chesterton.
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|Her Doctor's Voice by Paristani [Reviews - 8] |
Six dark vignettes set after Parting of the Ways.
Tenth Doctor - Teen - None - None
Characters: Rose Tyler
Published: 2007.01.12 - Updated: 2007.01.12 - Chapters: 1 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 2321
|High Windows by Paristani [Reviews - 6] |
'I know some of you were sceptical about the relationship between the Soup Dragon and the Iron Chicken but it really is necessary that a series made for the posthuman era have that kind of emotional resonance and I just want to reassure you that Iíve allayed the concerns of those critics privately. We wonít be hearing from them again.í
Tenth Doctor - All Ages - Swearing - None
Characters: Clive Jones, Martha Jones, The Master (Simm), Tish Jones
Published: 2007.08.18 - Updated: 2007.08.18 - Chapters: 1 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 963
|The Anvil of Hephaestus by Paristani [Reviews - 5] |
Our heroes are scabs and have caused a chronorail disaster. Casualties are heavy and it becomes apparent that something even more terrible is at work. The latest chapter is more horrific with fewer jokes but the academic continues to explore the untelevised aspects of Gallifreyan culture.
Other Era - All Ages - None - Horror
Characters: The Master (Academy era)
Series: Webs from the World-That-Was
Published: 2007.09.04 - Updated: 2007.11.25 - Chapters: 4 - Completed: No - Word Count: 5497
|The Mending by Paristani [Reviews - 0] |
The Doctor's initiation echoes into the present as he returns to the Untempered Schism.
Multi-Era - All Ages - None - Horror
Characters: The Doctor (1st), The Doctor (Unspecified), The Master (Other), The Rani
Published: 2008.04.26 - Updated: 2008.04.26 - Chapters: 1 - Completed: Yes - Word Count: 988