Have inherited one of those grim-reaper scythes, and may give it a shot next summer.
Tolstoy: The longer Levin mowed, the oftener he felt the moments of unconsciousness in which it seemed not his hands that swung the scythe, but the scythe mowing of itself, a body full of life and consciousness of its own, and as though bymagic, without thinking of it, the work turned out regular and well-finished of
itself. These were the most blissful moments. It was only hard work when he had to break off the motion, which had become unconscious, and to think; when he had to mow round a hillock or a tuft ofsorrel. The old man did this easily. When a hillock came he changed his action,
and at one time with the heel, and at another with the tip of his scythe, clipped the hillock round both sides with short strokes. And while he did this he kept looking about and watching what came into his view: at one moment he picked a wild berry and ate it or offered it to Levin, then he flung away atwig with the blade of the scythe, then he looked at a quail's nest, from which
the bird flew just under the scythe, or caught a snake that crossed his path, and lifting it on the scythe as though on a fork showed it to Levin and threw it away.For both Levin and the young peasant behind him, such changes of position were
difficult. Both of them, repeating over and over again the same strained movement, were in a perfect frenzy of toil, and were incapable of shifting their position and at the same time watching what was before them. Levin did not notice how time was passing. If he had been asked how long he had been working he would have said half an hour?and it was getting on for dinner-time. As they were walking back over the cut grass, the old man called Levin's attention to the little girls and boys who were coming from different directions, hardly visible through the long grass, and along the road towardsthe mowers, carrying sacks of bread dragging at their little hands and pitchers
of the sour rye-beer, with cloths wrapped round them. Forwarded by Robert Paul ------------------------------------------------------------------ To change your Lit-Ideas settings (subscribe/unsub, vacation on/off, digest on/off), visit www.andreas.com/faq-lit-ideas.html