Tuesday, July 19, 2022

This is the Saddest Story

For, whatever may be said of the relation of the sexes, there is no man who loves a woman that does not deire to come to her for the renewal of his courage, for the cutting asunder of his difficulties. And that will be the mainspring of his desire for her. We are all so afraid, we are all so alone, we all so need from the outside the assurance of our own worthiness to exist. So, for a time, if such a passion come to fruitition, the man will get what he wants. He will get the moral support, the encouragement, the relief from a sense of loneliness, the assurance of his own worth. But these things will pass away; inevitably, they pass away as the shadows pass across sundials. It is sad, but it is so. The pages of the book will become familiar, the beautiful corner of the road will have been turned too many times. Well, this is the saddest story.
I finished a re-read of Ford Madox Ford's classic The Good Soldier last week. I'll have a review-ish-type post on it later this week but I wanted to share a photo of a lengthy quote I liked.

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