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The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind
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Dec 22, 10

(a part i liked - SPOILER ALERT kind of)

The force turned him into stone. Indeed, over these long hours, it had transformed him into the impotent, menacing form of a sphinx. It was something like the electrical tension that magnetises a lump of iron and holds it suspended, or the powerful strenth in the vault of an edifice that grips each individual stone firmly in its spell. It was subjunctive. Its whole potential rested in "I would, I could, most of all I'd like to", and as he formulated these horrible subjunctive curses in his mind, Jonathan also knew very well that he would never act on them. He was not the man for that. He was not a man to run amok, to commit crime by anguish of soul or spontaneous hatred; and not because for him such a crime seemed a moral abomination, but for the simple reason that he was totally incapable of *asserting* himself in either word or deed. He was not a man of action. He was a man of resignation.

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