When they begin to probe the nature of her ontology, Russell can only equivocate, replying, "I thought you were like what you are like" (149)--a tautological formulation that echoes Undine
Spragg's "I want what others want" (61 ).
2) Just as Undine
strategically marries, divorces, and remarries in an effort to position herself in the most prestigious social group, then, Wharton meticulously constructs in her letters and fiction a literary persona that Hildegard Helier aptly describes as "Wharton the realist" (x).
Ich hatte einst den Fouqueschen Ritter Huldbrand beneidet, wie er mit einer Undine
seine Brautnacht feiert; ich hatte nicht gedacht, dab dergleichen unter Menschen moglich sei", Storm, Ein Bekenntnis, 594.
Jeff comes in with Undine
, who cattily remarks of her rival, "I've known Belle since before she straightened her hair.
The Custom of the Country reflects on the forms, content, and effects of mass print culture, including fiction at odds with Wharton's conservative theory of literary value, as it identifies relays between media and Undine
Isamu Noguchi's sensual Undine
(Nadja) far exceeded its estimate, selling for $4,226,500 (est.
Nin, an undue idea on end, anidian eddy, anidian dune, a denuded undine
nun, a deo, a neo-Nana, Danae, Danu, Diana, a noonday Onanoid dandy, a union in deed and a union denied, Nin, a neon ode--done, undone, ended [Sara Bailey]
Though the notion of water as a female element goes as far back as ancient Greek and Roman mythology, it is Romantic water women who serve as the main intertextual reference for Hermann's story, especially Undine
, Melusine, Loreley, and the Little Mermaid.
The line-up of composers represented includes the reasonably well-known (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still), but there are many less familiar: Margaret Bonds, Undine
Smith Moore, Betty Jackson King, Julia Perry and Florence Price - not only black composers, but women as well.
For Hughes settings by Price and Bonds, see Watch and Pray: Spirituals and Art Songs by African-American Women Composers, music of Betty Jackson King, Margaret Bonds, Undine
Smith Moore, Florence Price, and Julia Perry Videmus (Koch, 1994); and Dreamer: A Portrait of Langston Hughes (Naxos Records, 2002).
Indeed, the phone seems at times to offer the Spraggs of the world a greater degree of comfort than unmediated, face-to-face contact, as when the startled Undine
first encounters Elmer at the opera: after (characteristically) paling, she generates a noise suggestive of the telephonic--"a faint crick in her throat"--and the uncomfortable conversation ends with the promise of more successful discourse, through the medium of the phone, as Elmer says: "Call me up in the morning at the Driscoll building.
Akari wants to be a gondolier tour guide, or Undine