I’ve always believed that our inventions mirror our secret wishes

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The time, place and circumstances were all of them rewards for patience.

He moved once more in a glad world in which he no longer felt cut off from his fellows – a world full of friends in which he could enjoy the memory of the long rides with Nessim, conversations with Amaril, or the tumbling pleasure of dancing with the blonde Clea. Yes, he could be patient here, so close at hand. The time, place and circumstances were all of them rewards for patience. He felt no omens rising from the unclouded future, while even the premonitions of the slowly approaching war were things which he could share publicly with the others. “Can they really raze whole capitals, these bombers?” asked Clea quietly. “I’ve always believed that our inventions mirror our secret wishes, and we wish for the end of the city-man, don’t we? All of us? Yes, but how hard to surrender London and Paris. What do you think?”

What did he think? Mountolive wrinkles his fine brows and shook his head. He was thinking of Leila draped in a black veil like a nun, sitting in her dusty summerhouse at Karm Abu Girg, among the splendid roses, with only a snake for company…


by Lawrence Durrell (27 February 1912 – 7 November 1990)
from Mountolive
third book in the Alexandria Quartet
image – Mirko Macari

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3 Responses to “I’ve always believed that our inventions mirror our secret wishes”

  1. Linda Says:

    Elizabeth,

    I love the quotes and the writing prompts.

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  2. E. A. Able Says:

    Awww! Thank you. 🙂

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