Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Do you know?

Do you know that feeling you get when you pick up a book you have read several times before? That feeling of easy familiarity now that the tensions and worries of plot are gone. And yet, as you delve into it, the intensity of your feeling is startling. You care just as much about the characters. You thrill, you laugh, you weep, just as you did that first time. And at the end, when you leave them for the moment, knowing that when you return they will be waiting for you, there is the same feeling as after a spring storm--a feeling of being housecleaned, of being gently scoured. But above all a feeling of infinite space and peace, a feeling that makes your heart beat a little faster and the days ahead seem not quite so barren.

Do you know that feeling?

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