Tuesday, May 28, 2024

the last book I ever read (Asleep in the Sun (New York Review Books Classics) by Adolfo Bioy Casares, excerpt five)

from Asleep in the Sun by Adolfo Bioy Casares:

“What do you love most about Elvira?”

Even his double chin blushed bright red. After a while he said something which filled me with amazement.

“Maybe one loves the image he has.”

“I don’t follow you,” I admitted.

“I’m lucky in that Elvira never contradicts that image.”

“Good. If I love Diana physically, perhaps I’m not so wrong. Perhaps Diana is no less her physical self than Elvira the image you have of her. One doesn’t have to dig so deep.”

Aldini answered, very matter-of-fact, “You’re too intelligent for me.”

I don’t think I’m more intelligent than other people, but I’ve thought a lot about certain subjects.

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