Saturday, October 08, 2005

Dangerous Beauty

This is a movie that I actually enjoyed a long time ago. It's story goes like this:

In 16th century Venice, courtesans enjoy unique privileges: dressed richly in red, they read, compose poetry and music, and discuss affairs of state with the men who govern the Republic. When Veronica Franco comes of age, she cannot marry Marco Venier, whom she loves, because she is well born but penniless. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. She steels her heart, and with beauty and intelligence becomes the best. She's a heroine when she helps convince France to aid Venice in war with Turkey, but when plague descends, the Church charges her with witchcraft. At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier.

Do you know what my daughter's nurse told her today? "In a girl's voice lies temptation - a known fact. Eloquence in a woman means promiscuity. Promiscuity of the mind leads to promiscuity of the body." She doesn't believe it yet, but she will. She'll grow up just like her mother. Marry, raise children and honor her family. Spend her youth in needlepoint and rue the day she was born a girl. And when she dies, she'll wonder why she obeyed all the rules of God and Country for no biblical hell could ever be worse than a state of perpetual inconsequence.

Everytime I remember this quote I'm amazed how 21st century Egypt is exactly like 16th century Venice. Well, without the sophisticated cultural life and advanced army.


Blogger haal said...

promiscuity of the mind is everything....indeed there is no hell more than that state. To be captured and imprisoned within your own soul and within your own self.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

True Haal. I honestly believe that hell will be a state of mind. An emotional and psychological hell more than a physical one. And being "imprsoned within your own soul" is indeed a true eternal punishment

10:38 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home