Of the customary modes of acquisition, the one most appropriate to a collector would be the borrowing of a book with its attendant non-returning.
~ Walter Benjamin, Unpacking My Library
Soft theft of this sort lends the book lover a nimbus of glory that only waxes brighter the more prolonged the period of the loan. How many old widows and codgers have found a late or posthumous fame in six-figure fines earned for the tardy return of library books checked out decades before? But fines like these are always waived in honor of rare heroic achievement.