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April 13, 2009

Then let us drink a cup of tea

“The tea ritual: such a precise repetition of the same gestures and the same tastes; accession to simple, authentic and refined sensations, a license given to all, at little cost, to become aristocrats of taste, because tea is the beverage of the wealthy and of the poor; the tea ritual, therefore, has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony. Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends, one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the cat sleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed.” –Muriel Barbery, trans. Alison Anderson, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

2 thoughts on “Then let us drink a cup of tea”

  1. Melanie says:

    I’ve just finished this beautiful book (and copied out this exact bit). Now for a cup of tea…

  2. Kerry says:

    It is such a beautiful book, in terms of prose *and* package. Now for a cup of tea indeed.

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