Thursday, August 30, 2007

Jean Rhys, I'm Sorry, You're Sorry, We're All So Very Bloody Sorry.

I missed her birthday. But that's how it works with her. From her unfinished autobiography, Smile Please:

"The trouble is I have plenty to say. Not only that, but I am bound to say it. I must write. If I stop writing, my life will have been an abject failure. It is that already to other people. But it could be an abject failure to myself. I will not have earned death.

"Yes, most of it is childish. But I have not written for so long that all I can force myself to do is to write, to write. I must trust that out of that will come the pattern, the clue that can be followed."

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