Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cormac McCarthy

“The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others." 

"They were watching, out there past men's knowing, where stars are drowning and whales ferry their vast souls through the black and seamless sea." 


 "The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it."


"He was just hungry, Papa. He's going to die. 

He's going to die anyway. 

He's so scared, Papa. 

The man squatted and looked at him. I'm scared, he said. Do you understand? I'm scared. 

The boy didn't answer. He just sat there with his head down, sobbing. 

You're not the one who has to worry about everything. 

The boy said something but he couldn't understand him. What? He said. 

He looked up, his wet and grimy face. Yes I am, he said. I am the one."  

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