Tuesday, December 26, 2006

He Questioned All Things

This is a neat little quote from The History Of Love.
That he questioned all things, even the most simple, to the extent that when someone passing him on the street raised his hat and said, "Good day," Litvinoff often paused so long to weigh the evidence that by the time he'd settled on an answer the person had gone on his way, leaving him standing alone.
I can tell you, this is a paralyzing way to live. But, I like to think, in a Lemony Snickett way, it makes it harder for your enemies to find you.


Butterflies said...

"Like the living, angels sometimes get tired of each other and want to be alone. Because the houses they live in are crowded and there's nowhere to go, the only thing an angel can do at such moments is shut his eyes and put his head down on his arms. When an angel does this, the others understand that he is trying to fool himself to feeling alone, and they tiptoe around him. To help things along, they might talk about him as if he weren't there. If they happen to bump into him by accident, they whisper: "It wasn't me."" (p.186)

Rionn Fears Malechem said...

My favorite movie, you know, is "Atanarjuat." One of the things I love about it is that the Eskimos never storm out into the night. They offend or anger each other, and then go right into ignoring each other. It's adaptive if the outside is a bad place to be.

Butterflies said...

Yet... angels (probably like eskimos) ignore each other at times out of care, and love, unlike people outside... which usually ignore each other for lack of these.