iv "...unless you've come here the way you withdraw from the world before achieving some great project that will be the meaning of your life..." "For me, what seems great is the withdrawing. All the rest is politics." then he would speak fast and volubly, generally laughing but drawing swift conclusions which were always concrete and gave a curious weight of experience to his most trivial jokes. He was alive, and in his eyes appeared occasional dim gleams of a kind of concentrated passion which was never melancholy