The word of the day for June 15, 2013 is: opulent
: exhibiting or characterized by wealth, affluence : abundance, profusion : as (a) : having a large estate or property : wealthy [hoping to marry an opulent widow] (b) : amply or plentifully provided or fashioned often to the point of ostentation [living in opulent comfort]
[an opulent upper crust that liked to show off its possessions]
[an opulent mansion filled with priceless art and antiques]
From: Latin opulentus, from ops power, help; akin to Latin opus work
First Known Use: 1523
The cinematography of this year’s remake of The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, is certainly evocative of the Jazz Age as the United States of America sees itself. The image contrast of the wealthy and the poor is quite striking. Both Vicki and I were a bit disconcerted by the occasional use of contemporary music, although it did seem to point out the similarities of the 1920s with the 2010s.
**Spoiler Alert** I must have read Gatsby in High School, but I’ve slept since then. The story seemed familiar and new at the same time. Several of the characters needed—as my mother would put it—to be put in a sack and shaken. I did remember that the story ended badly for everyone, including the narrator.
It’s nice to see Leonardo di Caprio as an adult. In my opinion, he’s beginning to look a bit like Orson Welles and Marlon Brando as they matured: still handsome yet without the wet-behind-the-ears look of extreme youth.
Our quote for the day is from William Shakespeare (1564–1616), The Tragedy of King Lear:
Lear— To thee and thine hereditary ever
Remain this ample third of our fair kingdom;
No less in space, validity, and pleasure,
Than that conferr’d on Goneril. Now, our joy,
Although our last and least, to whose young
The vines of France and milk of Burgundy
Strive to be interess’d, what can you say to draw
A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.