By Guy Mouton
Qu’ont en commun un gardien de musée, une jeune artiste-peintre et un médecin généraliste de l. a. banlieue de Montréal ? Ils ont tous momentanément perdu le goût de vivre. Le retrouve-t-on jamais, que ce soit grâce à los angeles probability, à l. a. endurance, à un retournement du destin ? Le sens des choses nous revient parfois de façon insoupçonnée...
Dans une savante building constituée « d’arrêts sur photo », man Mouton discover à fond l’idée du portrait : photographs individuels, images d’ensemble. Mais qu’y a-t-il au juste derrière l. a. façade de nos vies ?
Trois personnages, étrangers l’un à l’autre, cherchent désespérément à sortir de l. a. fâcheuse posture dans laquelle ils se trouvent. Tout à fait par hasard, ils se retrouvent dans l. a. salle d’un musée, face à une toile de Van Dyck faisant partie d’une exposition. Grâce à l’énigmatique personnage de ce tableau du XVIIe siècle, le lecteur connaîtra les pensées intimes qui animent chacun d’eux. D’une measurement de vie et de temps à une autre, ce témoin les perçoit, les écoute et parfois, projette une courte pensée qui atteint certains de ces visiteurs. Où serait-ce le fruit de leur mind's eye ?
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He nodded again in a surprised way. I drank a long draught of wine and reflected. " I asked. It was his turn to look astonished; clearly the doubt had never crossed his mind. Then his face cleared, the explanation had come to him. " I knew then what he meant. " Not many years ago Piers had had a very serious skating accident in Davos which resulted in a gash along the length of his right arm it severed tendons and created a permanent disability, enfeebling his grasp with that hand. The cicatrice of this old wound was quite unmistakable.
Here was time running away with us and still we were plagued by these fearful misadventures of the reason and the flesh. Moreover here I was in roughly the state of an orphan – I mean that I had severed all my ties with the outside world and had come here to settle. The few personal possessions I owned were on their way to join me. The crates of books and paintings would not be long delayed. I should soon have to make up my mind about the future - stay here, hobbled by Sylvie's plight, or go away, somewhere far away, using some medical excuse?
It was very late in the day to realise, but at last I did. It was imperative to send them away together, my sister and Bruce: or face losing both. For the lovers had moved into such a deep phase that they had become almost alarmed for themselves as well as for me. We were held in a kind of fixity of purpose, the three of us like the rings of Saturn. One can only love like this, to utter distraction, when one is young, altogether too young. A breath of real experience would cloud the mirror. They felt unable to extricate themselves from each other, from the triune bond.
Confidences en trompe-l'œil by Guy Mouton