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Darkness spread again over the last house like decay, and the road dipped. As they swept over a rise Charles saw the distant Severn: a boat drifted quietly and vanished. Hills were lit like sleeping colossi; over them the moon bounced absurdly before the clouds closed.
“Look up there,” he said, pointing an unsteady finger at a gap in the clouds exposing the universe, a lone far frosty star. “Infinity. There must be something in all that to fill us.”
To conquer the body: this was true self-sufficiency.
Incense suffocated him like poison-gas. He fell out of the church. The void surrounding him would not tolerate a God, and no God could tolerate the void. He ran blindly, fleeing the taste which moved with him.
Anyone who destroys more than he creates must be miserable beyond expression. Question what you see by all means, but believe in something first.”
“What do you believe in?” “What’s around me,” said Kim’s father instantly. “Not politics disguised as panaceas, not poets trying to be philosophers. This house. My job. Reality.”