Commonplace Book: Elizabeth Taylor

So many gorgeous bits from “A Game of Hide and Seek” to savor. Here’s one:

“Another day is another world. The difference between foreign countries is never so great as the difference between night and day. Not only are the landscape and the light changed, but people are different, relationships which the night before had progressed at a sudden pace, appear to be back where they were. Some hopes are renewed, but others dwindle: the state of the world looks rosier and death further off; but the the state of ourselves and our loves and ambitions seems more prosaic. We begin to regret promises, as if the influence of darkness were like the influence of drink. We do not love our friends so warmly: or ourselves. Children feel less in need of their parents: writers tear up the masterpieces they wrote the night before.”

 

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From the Boston Public Library’s Flickr account.

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