Posted by: Mermaid | June 2, 2008

From “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel


“As you see, within our bodies each of us has the elements needed to produce phosphorous.  And let me tell you something I’ve never told a soul.  My grandmother had a very interesting theory; she said each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves; just as in the experiment, we need oxygen and a candle to help.  In this case, the oxygen, for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle could be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches.  For a moment we are dazzled by the intense emotion.  A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it.  Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul.  That fire, in short, is its food.  If one doesn’t find out in time what will set off these explosions, the box of matches dampens, and not a single match will ever be lighted.  If that happens, the soul flees from the body and goes to wander among the deepest shades, trying in vain to find food to nourish itself, unaware that only the body it left behind, cold and defenseless, is capable of providing that food.”



  1. Cant stop re-reading it over and over ya Mayada !!!! I’m hooked !!! Whenever u finish reading it … Please .. please … pleeeeeeeeeeease give it to me …

  2. :):):)
    3azma 3ala 3azma ya set Laura !

  3. Ya Yasmine I finished it, dear :) Tell me what events you’re coming feeha wana a-bring it ma3aya :) I believe you’re gonna like it awy :)

    Mesh sahla el sett deeh ya Dido bardo ;)

  4. Hello,

    The food of the soul lies in the body!!! mmmm..wonder what will religious people and those who blame the mortal body for all of the sins and evils on earth say about such an idea!!!

    it deserves to think about though

    Thank you

  5. It is a peculiar novel ya Oroba… at some parts, I agreed with it… at others, I disagreed. But think about it, we cannot say that the soul is totally and absolutely detached from the body because as you said we’re mortal humans afterall. But at the same time, we cannot say that the soul’s fate lies in the body because we are not mere soul-less bodies. It’s all about achieving a balance… it is hard… very hard in fact… but doable.

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