Saturday, 17 May 2008

Elizabeth Taylor: A Game of Hide and Seek:

Another day is another world. The difference between foreign countries is never so great as the difference between night and day. Not only are the landscape and the light changed, but people are different, relationships which the night before had progressed at a sudden pace, appear to be back where they were. Some hopes are renewed, but others dwindle: the state of the world looks rosier and death further off; but the state of ourselves and our loves and ambitions seem more prosaic. We begin to regret promises, as if the influence of darkness were like the influence of drink. We do not love our friends so warmly: or ourselves. Children feel less need of their parents: writers tear up the masterpiece they wrote the night before.

Elizabeth Taylor

3 comments:

miss cavendish said...

I'm teaching Andrea Levy's Small Island at the moment and just recognized your blurb on the back. It is one of my favorite recent books. . .

cleo said...

Working nights changes your perception of night and day.

I agree that night time can be lonely, frightening even but for me it's a peaceful time. Darkness brings calm to my mind, it expects nothing of me. It allows me to be, without the pressures day light brings.

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