Marginalia, no.324

When it does not give you trouble it takes it away – takes away letters and telegrams and newspapers and vistas and duties and efforts, all the complications, all the superfluities and superstitions that we have stuffed into our terrene life.

~ Henry James, The Patagonia

James’s narrator refers to travel by ocean liner, but the same might be said – and has been said – of wine and war, sleep and sex, gardening and gambling, illness, sports, reading, television, and death, among other things. I’m spoiled, I suppose, in that I have any leisure at all, though I’d like to have more. Enforced leisure might help to dispense with the guilt. Tourist cruises sound awful, but I wonder, do they sell passenger space aboard container ships?

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