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    Mild drifting and the mother-hunger ...

    Hi,

    Can a good soul help me with the italic text?

    "Playing the piano, I found in my fingers the mild drifting that is so misnamed Arabesque, but it did not satisfy me, and presently I was Playing Brahm´s Wiegenlied, and from that it was not far to the Berceuse of Chopin. So I meditated what sensitive contours the minds of men assume when they address themselves to children and how men never outgrow themselves the mother-hunger at the knees of darkness and under pain of impossibilities."

    Leonard Cline, The Dark Chamber, 1927

    It seems the author means the instrumentál piano piece Arabesque by Claude Debussy but why does he call it the mild drifting?

    And as far as the mother-hunger-thing is concerned, I am absolutely out of my depths ...

    Thanks

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    Re: Mild drifting and the mother-hunger ...

    I am not a teacher.

    I couldn't find any italic text, so I'll just help you with the first piece of bold text.

    I don't think the author was referring specifically to Arabesque by Claude Debussy, but rather to the fanciful style of music known as arabesque. This typically involves ornamentation which the 'mild drifting' of the fingers on the piano keyboard could evoke, but with which the author's character does not agree.

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    Re: Mild drifting and the mother-hunger ...

    "Mother-hunger" is the intense need for a mother. Humans never outgrown their desire for a mother, but we're supposed to outgrow the need for one as a natural part of the maturation process. The character in the story is unable to handle uncertainty and fear and stress (the "knees of darkness") and longs to crawl back to the safety and protection of his mother's arms wrapped around him, cuddling him.

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    Re: Mild drifting and the mother-hunger ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post

    Can a good soul help me with the italic text?
    You didn't put the relevant text in italics. You put it in bold.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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