Sunday, July 12, 2020


An Inferno of Noise and Vulgarity

Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time to Keep Silence (1953; New York: New York Review Books, 2007), p. 43:
If my first days in the Abbey had been a period of depression, the unwinding process, after I had left, was ten times worse. The Abbey was at first a graveyard; the outer world seemed afterwards, by contrast, an inferno of noise and vulgarity entirely populated by bounders and sluts and crooks. This state of mind, I saw, was, perhaps, as false as my first reactions to monastic life; but the admission did nothing to decrease its unpleasantness.

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