November 19, 2008

Page 166

"Men do like that kind of woman.  They feel they are missing out if they get anything that is less than tricky and fantastic; they like the danger of that sort of attachment.  They like the feeling that they have had to fight other men for possession.  That is what it is all about, really.  Knocking other men down.  It is only when those other men get up and start fighting for possession all over again that they realize how fragile, how tiring, that particular kind of partnership is.  One gets no work done."

- Hotel du Lac, Anita Brookner

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