Monday, June 19, 2006

On The Nature Of Eve

I am reading through John Eldgrige's Wild At Heart. There are many things/questions/issues that it is bringing up in me and I may post on that in the future, but in the meantime I came across some interesting quotes in there.

From C.S. Lewis
"The beauty of the female is the root of joy to the female as well as to the male... to desire the enjoying of her own beauty is the obedience of Eve, and to both it is in the lover that the beloved tastes of her own delightfulness."
From Jan Meyers in her book The Allure Of Hope: (italics are Meyers, regular is Eldridge)
"When Eve was [decieved], the artistry of being a woman took a fateful dive into the barren places of control and loneliness." Now every daughter of Eve wants to "control her surrounding, her relationships, her G-d." No longer is she vulnerable; now she will be grasping. No longer does she want simply to share in the adventure; now, she wants to control it. And as for her beauty, she either hides it in fear and anger, or she uses it to secure her place in the world. "In our fear that no one will speak on our behalf or protect us or fight for us, we start to recreate both ourselves and our roles in the story. We manipulate our surroundings so we dont feel so defensless." Fallen eve either becomes rigid or clingy. Put simply, Eve is no longer simply inviting. She is either hiding in busyness or demanding that Adam come through for her; usually an odd combination of both.