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“…and How They Might Have Been Yet If What Happened Had Not Happened.”

Posted Jul 21 2013 6:34am

Warren_Robert_Penn “I just lay there in the hammock. I lay there and watched the undersides of the oak leaves, dry and grayish and dusty-green, and some of them I saw had rusty-corroded-looking spots on them. Those were the ones which would turn loose their grip on the branch before long–not in any breeze, the fibers would just relax, in the middle of the day maybe with the sunshine bright and the air so still it aches like the place where the tooth was on the morning after you’ve been to the dentist or aches like your heart in the bosom when you stand on the street corner waiting for the light to change and happen to recollect how thing once were and how they might have been yet if what happened had not happened.”

–Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men

I’m re-reading this book for the fourth time now. I always remember certain passages very clearly, but forget what actually happens.

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