Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Burning Books

It was nearly one o'clock in the morning before the leaves, covers, and binding of Jeremy, Taylor, Butler, Doddridge, Paley, Pusey, Newman and the rest had gone to ashes, but the night was quiet, and as he turned and turned the paper shreds with the fork, the sense of being no longer a hypocrite to himself afforded his mind a relief which gave him calm. He might go on believing as before, but he professed nothing, and no longer owned and exhibited engines of faith which, as their proprietor, he might naturally be supposed to exercise on himself first of all. In his passion for Sue he could now stand as an ordinary sinner, and not as a whited sepulchre.
Jude the Obscure, IV-III, Thomas Hardy

1 comment:

Michael said...

Most hypocrites are not religious actors...