Saturday, January 01, 2005

Two by Powell

Two quotes, Dizzyheads, from the journals of Anthony Powell (1990-1992):

"We talked of Faulkner, regarding whom I feel I must hold some coherent opinion before I die, rather than saying: Well, I quite liked *Sanctuary*, but have never really been able to get on with any of the other ones."

and (this one closes the volume)—

"Last day of what I would not dissent from HM the Queen's view in calling a 'horrible year'. 'Envy and calumny and hate and paint' cover it pretty well. I realize more than ever how much I depend on V. and on the rest of my family."

I wonder if I mistranscribed that word "paint"—"pain" must be right. But paint somehow works with "cover," so there you have it.


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