September 18, 2005

The Jeweller’s Shop

A CHANCE INTERLOCUTER

I saw that woman her for the second time. She was passing by the old jeweller’s shop. The shutters were already lowered, the door padlocked. The jeweler finishes his work at seven and leaves. Working all day long, he may not realize how deeply his craft penetrates a man’s life. I talked to him once about that. The shop’s door was open and the jeweler was standing on the threshold, watching the passers-by, casually it seemed. The sun was shining, so the street was full of brightness, making people blink. Men and women were putting on their dark glasses to avoid being dazzled by the blaze. Through dark spectacles you do not see the colour of eyes, which sink in the dark as if in a well. And yet from behind such glasses you see everything (though peculiarly tinted), without blinking.

These lines are particularly poignant because they highlight the jeweler’s occupation: all day long he gazes at dazzling gemstones. When he blends to the rest of the world, the sun shines so brightly on the passers by they start to take on the rich hues of the stones. Though one mightn’t be able to see their electric eyes through their darkened glasses, they can see out beyond their tinted lenses.

Applying an artifice, such as tinted glass, seemingly does not alter our perception of the world – it just darkens the usually bright colors. However, the passers by still see everything; they are still able to see the sparkle that remains in their fellow walkers. This is almost reminiscent of the Teresa and Andrew’s differences in the first scene. Andrews tries everything in his power to not like, or to not think about Teresa. He even torments her in his thoughts – though she is his number one torment. He asks her to be his life companion and she contemplates it for ten minutes. It seems as though this is a hostile beginning, but they manage to see the gems, the brightness, within one another.

Posted by KatieAikins at September 18, 2005 12:17 PM