But Piozzi's direct allusion to the marriage vows should remind us that there is a kind of lastingness
to this state of affairs, a bond that, from her perspective at least, will always survive; they are joined together forever and yet they remain forever separate.
Key images take on metaphoric significance in communicating durability, lastingness
, immovability--the state of a being the same despite shifting circumstances, or the understanding of belonging to an over-arching context that frames and includes the individual components.
Sethe had warned Denver about the lastingness
of pictures and places, about the possibility that one moment cart catch up with another: "The picture is still there and what's more, if you go there--you who never was there--if you go there and stand in the place where it was, it will happen again.
We proceed directly to a view of the house and the message it conveys of a beauty without ostentation, a beauty derived from comfort and strength: 'all more lasting than beautiful (but that the consideration of the exceeding lastingness
made the eye believe it was exceeding beautiful).
In respect of its lastingness
a building is unlike a piece of music, which is made up of notes that were not already sounding and will cease to sound unless held or sustained, so that when the performance ends, the music dies away and leaves not a tink behind.
Assailed by doubts about your lastingness
, as Nicholas Delbanco calls the challenge of creativity in old age, you seek consolation in past productivity, wondering if that is not legacy enough.
doesn't have an overarching argument; instead, in later chapters, Delbanco considers what enables a person to endure.
There's a feeling of duration, of lastingness
to the poem, that goes beyond its plot and the suffering of its characters.
This may assure lastingness
of the national language, but still it is rather disturbing.