By Alice Adams
“Reads simply, even breathlessly. . . . the delicate yet intensely felt shifts of closeness one of the younger ladies are lovingly and expertly laid bare.” -- John Updike
This formidable and richly compelling greater ladies is within the grand culture of the crowd and Wendy Wasserstein’s unusual girls and Others, a convention endured by way of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Commencement.
Radcliffe, 1943. 5 younger ladies, newly admitted to varsity, meet for the 1st time. Taking us into their lives at school, and past, via 4 tumultuous and crowded a long time, Alice Adams has given us a singular wealthy in all tee pleasures of characterization and incident and social commentary that we have got come to count on from her.
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64 The authoritative judgment interweaves the topic of forgiveness of sins with blasphemy against the holy spirit, explaining that the blasphemy occurred when people asserted in public that Jesus possessed an unclean spirit (rather than the holy spirit). This judgment uses apocalyptic reasoning that presupposes that primary attributes and actions of God are embodied in an agent of God’s authority and judgment during the end time. From this reasoning, blasphemy in public against the holy spirit in Jesus has the effect of blaspheming against God, which has devastating results.
After the appearance of potentially apocalyptic topoi in the descriptive discourse of Mark 1:9–13, two potentially apocalyptic topoi appear in argumentative discourse attributed to Jesus: (1) announcement that time is fulfilled (1:15); and (2) announcement that the kingdom of God is drawing near (or “has drawn” near) (1:15). The enthymematic nature of the discourse becomes evident in a Rule–Exhortative Result display: Rule: (15) The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; Exhortative Result: repent, and believe in the gospel.
Result: (5) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 25 Vincent Taylor, The Gospel according to St. Mark (London: Macmillan, 1952), 152. 26 Cf. Robert A. Guelich, Mark 1–8:26 (WBC 34A; Dallas: Word, 1989), 10. 27 Norman R. Petersen, Literary Criticism for New Testament Critics (GBS; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1978), 50–53. ” Case: (4–6) John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness. . Result: (7) And he preached saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I. . (8) I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
Superior Women by Alice Adams