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Old 6th Aug 2005, 0:07   #1
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Default I found a palimpsest

I've recently come across the word twice in two different books. Maybe it would be fun to post any passages we find that use it.

Henceforth this was what I wanted to discover: the authentic being, “the old Adam” whom the Gospels no longer accepted; the man whom everything around me—books, teachers, family and I myself—had tried from the first to suppress. And I had already glimpsed him, faint, obscured by their encrustations, but all the more valuable, all the more urgent. I scorned henceforth the secondary, learned being whom education had pasted over him. Such husks must be stripped away.
And I would compare myself to a palimpsest; I shared the thrill of the scholar who beneath more recent script discovers, on the same paper, an infinitely more precious ancient text.
This is from Gide, The Immoralist, p. 51

"This country is a palimpsest, in which the Bible is written over Herodotus, and the Koran over that."
--Lady Duff Gordan: Letters from Egypt
This is from Alan Moorhead, The Blue Nile, epigraph to ch. 7.

I guess this will be a pretty quiet thread. Besides these two occurrences, I don't think I've seen the word in any of the books I've read over the past year or more.
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