The Sea, The Sea

I haven’t been able to post in a very long time, which I regret immensely. However, I’m taking a study break (I’ve been reviewing Astronomy notes and finishing up a paper since 5:30) to share a really lovely quote I ran across in a book I’m analyzing for an English paper. The book is The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, thought-provoking novel to curl up with over the holidays!

“And then, much much farther away, stars were quietly shooting and tumbling and disappearing, silently falling and being extinguished, lost utterly silent falling stars, falling from nowhere to nowhere into an unimaginable extinction. How many of them there were, as if the heavens were crumbling at last and being dismantled. And I wanted to show these things to my father…

I was looking into the vast interior of the universe, as if the universe were quietly turning itself inside out. Stars behind stars and stars behind stars behind stars until there was nothing between them, nothing beyond them, but dusty dim gold of stars and no space and no light but stars. The moon was gone…

And I was no longer I but something pinned down as an atom, an atom of an atom, a necessary captive spectator, a tiny mirror into which it was all indifferently beamed, as it motionlessly seethed and boiled, gold behind gold behind gold.” 


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