Thursday, March 30, 2006

My Mind Was Drifting...

I'm reading an old Alfred Hitchcock collection of stories and came across a stunning paragraph in one of them. Here it is:

Time is the great healer, it makes you forget; sometimes it makes you forget literally and with great cruelty. I knew a man whose wife ran away, and he never saw her again. He missed her so much he thought he could never for a moment forget it. A year later, reading in his living room at night, he became so absorbed in his book that when he heard a faint familiar noise in the kitchen he called out without looking up from his book and asked his wife to bring him a cup of tea when she came back into the room. Only when there was no answer did he look up from his complete forgetfulness; then his loss swept over him worse than ever.

12 Comments:

At 3/30/2006 11:03 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

Nice.

 
At 3/30/2006 11:14 AM, Blogger Kate Lilac said...

That is quite a cheerful thought.

 
At 3/30/2006 11:16 AM, Blogger Heidi the Hick said...

Maybe he should get used to getting his own dang tea.

Oh geez, I'm sorry that was cruel. It really is a touching piece.

 
At 3/30/2006 11:23 AM, Blogger Smartypants said...

You know, I've never read Alfred Hitchcock. I didn't realize he got that deep.

 
At 3/30/2006 3:22 PM, Blogger Smartypants said...

I just saw your comment about SomaFM!

That's awesome! Which station?

 
At 3/30/2006 3:42 PM, Blogger mdhatter said...

that passage is a whole novel in itself.

 
At 3/30/2006 4:55 PM, Blogger David James said...

Thanks for the post today -- very thought provoking (and true).

 
At 3/30/2006 4:55 PM, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

Are you high? You're high, aren't you? Or drizzunk.

 
At 3/31/2006 4:15 AM, Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Of course he's high. I never knew he was a stoner until he blogged unbaked one day.

 
At 3/31/2006 1:34 PM, Blogger mdhatter said...

unwhat?

 
At 3/31/2006 3:38 PM, Blogger Chuckles said...

AG so desperately wants to belong to every group. Watching her is highlarious.

 
At 4/04/2006 12:17 PM, Blogger djmetronome said...

I've totally done something like that before...It's way worse than just missing someone...

 

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