She first heard his name as a child. Elevated to the position of rightful heir to Lope de Vega´s work during the Spanish Golden Age of Baroque Literature and the most important dramatist of his era. Her grandmother however, felt otherwise about the ´shameful´ nobleman and priest.
So there she sat, as had done every other woman in her family during the last 300 years! Listening attentively, outraged and ashamed, about the way this publicly acclaimed genius had forced himself – in the biblical sense of the word – upon the innocence of the matriarch of the female lineage in her family.
She was thus, forbidden to read his books or ever mention his name. Although she and her mother would had preferred to finally let it go, both did not dare rebel against the mandate in the family. The suffering of her ancestor had to be kept fresh and acutely alive by each new generation of females to whom the sole mention of his name was worse than naming the devil´s.
Just a few days ago, already as a grown woman, she had finally mustered the courage to read about him. The man in question had become deeply saddened upon the woman´s death and some time after he decided to become a member of the clergy. Perhaps it was his way of mourning, of searching for forgiveness; perhaps he honored her that way. Who knows what really happened there and then? True or not, she was now the last in line carrying the load upon her heart.
¨The weight of 300 years of hate can get heavy when only one woman´s left.¨ she said.
She sat there looking at his picture. He was with certainty, the male version of her beloved grandmother´s face. Same eyes, forehead and mouth. Same stand. She mustered out a prayer when in the name of all the females in her family, at last she gave him rest. She felt so weightless, she had to keep herself from levitating.
Life is a Dream
What is life? A frenzy.
What is life? an illusion,
A shadow, a fiction,
And the greatest good is small;
For all of life is a dream,
And dreams, are … only dreams.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
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Is This Life a Dream – Alan Watts