Saturday, September 26, 2009

Books vs. Life

“Oh, we can stand a little hardship, I guess. The race hasn’t degenerated that far. In a book, now, it would be kind of terrible; if you forced characters in a book to eat as much grapefruit as we do, both the art boys and the humanitarians would stand on their hind legs and howl. But in real life— In life, anything might happen; in actual life people will do anything. It’s only in books that people must function according to arbitrary rules of conduct and probability; it’s only in books that events must never flout credulity.”
William Faulkner, Mosquitoes (Dawson Fairchild)

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