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The trouble with Krug, thought Krug, was that for long summer years and with enormous success he had delicately taken apart the systems of others, earning thereby a reputation for an impish sense of humour and delightful common sense whereas in fact he was a big sad hog of a man and the ‘common sense’ affair had turned out to be the gradual digging of a pit to accommodate pure smiling madness.

— Nabokov, Bend Sinister

I’m not sad at all, nor big, and have yet to enjoy enormous success, but the gist of it resonates.  Also, s’real pretty.

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