Winter scene

Ottawa, March 9, 2023
Ottawa, March 9, 2023 (photograph) by Paul Politis

Ottawa, March 9, 2023

Reading Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse.

“He did not think about it, he deadened his thoughts with constant work. His feeling was: you can go at any time, the door is open, your shackles can be broken — but it will cost you a hard decision and a heavy, heavy sacrifice — so don’t think about it, above all don’t think about it! The decision which Burkhardt expected of him, and which inwardly he had perhaps already made, was lodged in his mind like a bullet in the flesh of a wounded man; the question was only whether it would work its way out of the suppurating sore or become more and more firmly embedded. It festered and ached, but it did not yet hurt him enough; the pain he feared from his sacrifice was still too great. So he did nothing; he let his hidden wound burn, and all the while he was desperately curious to know how it would all end.”

Rosshalde, Hermann Hesse