Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Thomas Mann, In Death In Venice, Writes:

Nothing is stranger or more ticklish than a relationship between people who know each other only by sight, who meet and observe each other daily - no, hourly - and are nevertheless compelled to keep up the pose of an indifferent stranger, neither greating nor addressing each other, whether out of etiquette or their own whim. Between them there exists a disquiet, a strained curiosity, the hysteria of an unsatisfied, unnaturally repressed need for recognition and exchange of thoughts - and also, especially a sort of nervous respect. For, one person loves and honors another only as long as he is unable to assess him, and yearning is a result of a lack of knowledge.

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