Saturday, 7 July 2012

George Santayana Proust On Essences

Lowry quotes from George Santayana' essay on Proust in Chapter 3 of Ultramarine during a long internal dialogue by Dana Hilliot as he muses after his drunken drift through the red light district of Dairen; "The hopeless flux and the temporal order of things are not ultimately interesting; they belong merely to the material occasions on which essences recur, or to the flutterings of attention, hovering like a moth about lights which are eternal". The essay was originally published in Life and Letters Vol 2 455-59 1929

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