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A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement by Anthony Powell
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“Later in life, I learnt that many things one may require have to be weighed against one's dignity, which can be an insuperable barrier against advancement in almost any direction. However, in those days, choice between dignity and unsatisfied curiosity was less clear to me as a cruel decision that had to be made.”
Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
“Speaking about time’s relentless passage, Powell’s narrator compares certain stages of experience to the game of Russian Billiards as once he used to play it with a long vanished girlfriend. A game in which, he says,

“...at the termination of a given passage of time...the hidden gate goes down...and all scoring is doubled. This is perhaps an image of how we live. For reasons not always at the time explicable, there are specific occasions when events begin suddenly to take on a significance previously unsuspected; so that before we really know where we are, life seems to have begun in earnest at last, and we ourselves, scarcely aware that any change has taken place, are careering uncontrollably down the slippery avenues of eternity."

Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
“His mastery of the hard-luck story was of a kind never achieved by persons not wholly concentrated on themselves.”
Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
“If certain individuals fall in love from motives of convenience, they can be contrasted with plenty of others in whom passion seems principally aroused by the intensity of administrative difficulties in procuring its satisfaction.”
Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement

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