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  • Writer's pictureJean Hogg

Other people’s carpets

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

little girl’s dress

So I’ve started buying props for a film I’ve yet to write, all I know is I have a clear idea of the scenes I want the actors to improvise based on the themes I want to explore. Here are a few quotes that have, in part, inspired the idea for the film, by the great Marilynne Robinson and her book ‘HouseKeeping’.

"To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know anything so utterly as when we lack it? And here again, is a foreshadowing — the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one’s hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again."

“Memory is the sense of loss, and loss pulls us after it.”

“Having a sister or a friend is like sitting at night in a lighted house. Those outside can watch you if they want, but you need not see them."

All quotes are by Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

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