2016/12/03 Reading almost all the works of an author (2/2)


What he told me about the experience of reading almost all the works of author can be summerized as follows: When you have read for example 90% of an author's works and go on to read another one, you will realize that you can predict how the work will unfold. While reading one sentence to another, you say to yourself, "This way of development is only too natural for him. I know it before I think about it."  It is as if you were the author's mother and you, as a mother, were looking on them as they proceeded.

He was then not married, and of course had no children. But he could be a mother. Is it true? But yesterday when I was in the class of another philosopher, who delivered a lecture about Wittgenstein, he introduced a passage from his diary (How embarrassing it would be to be a renowned scholar and have your diary inspected and studied!). When read aloud it, he told us how he thinks Wittgenstein was living when he wrote the passage. He seemed so affectinate toward Wittegenstein that there was a mother in him, of course of Wittegenstein. It almost convinced me that reading most of the works of an author truely enables you to look on him as if you were the mother.