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By Samuel Beckett

'Malone', writes Malone, 'is what i'm referred to as now.' On his deathbed, and wiling away the time with tales, the octogenarian Malone's account of his situation is intermittent and contradictory, moving with the vagaries of the passing days: with no mellowness, with out elegiacs; wittier, jauntier, and able to wilder rages than Molloy.

The sound I cherished top had not anything noble approximately it. It was once the barking of the canine, at evening, within the clusters of hovels up within the hills, the place the stone-cutters lived, like generations of stone-cutters prior to them. it got here right down to me the place I lay, in the home within the undeniable, wild and tender, on the restrict of earshot, quickly weary. The canines of the valley answered with their gross bay all fangs and jaws and foam...

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You shouldn’t resist that desire. ” But a thought is not exactly a person, even if it lives and acts like one. A thought demands a loyalty which makes any slyness difficult. 7 Here we see the results of a quest that is just as paradoxical in nature as is the one discussed earlier. As far as the emotions go, an idea is not quite the same as a person. The prey is therefore only dealt with in the mind, and, as a result, the man’s solitude is amplified. Here we are also reminded of how a person’s loyalty to his/her own thoughts, his/her emotional honesty, makes any kind of shiftiness or cunning impossible.

My need for physical intimacy grows with the years, and I hardly care what it is, it grows at the same rate as my powers and intellect diminish. This simple healthy man I have inherited is therefore not only a physical need for me, and compensation for my waning strength, but he also becomes more and more the focus of my thinking and a riddle for me as time goes on. My spiritual pleasure and astonishment over his appearance and behaviour have outgrown the physical. (188) Who is this man in a basement in modern Reykjavík who is playing with his prey at will?

He who wishes to be alone with his prey in Berlin well over 16 Recesses of the Mind 150 years earlier? Who is this “prey”? Constantin has no connection to this basement tragedy played out in the Reykjavík of today, his love of the idea of the repetition of life and art notwithstanding. 5 The ancient Greeks, Constantin says, believed that all knowledge was memory, that all that exists has existed before. When people say, however, that life is repetition, they are saying: the life that exists now is at this moment coming into existence.

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