Monday, 25 May 2015

The material act

As he wrote he engrossed himself in the material act, examining meticulously the pen, writing laboriously upon the high glass-topped desk. Once he raised glazed eyes to look towards the mail department, then glazed his spirit again by concentration upon the objects he dealt with.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night, Wordsworth Eds. 2011,  p.76

1 comment:

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald's work, like Edith Wharton's, is something I want to like. My copy of "Tender . . ." was left in a high school classroom by somebody unknown, where, as a young janitor's helper about 1970, I scooped it up. The language was gorgeous, but it didn't grip me as some of America's post-WWII literature did. Jack/USA