the rigorous m

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the third policeman hastens toward death

Posted by rigorousm on February 10, 2015

‘[Fox] is as crazy as bedamned, an incontestable character and a man of ungovernable inexactitudes.’

‘Then why does he sleep here?’ …

‘To spend it and spin it out and not have all of it forever unused inside him.’

‘All what?’

‘His lifetime. He was to get rid of as much as possible, undertime and overtime, as quickly as he can so that he can die as soon as possible. MacCruiskeen and I are wise and we are not yet tired of being ourselves, we save it up. I think he has an opinion that there is a turn to the right down the road and likely that is what he is after, he thinks the best way to find it is to die and get all the leftness out of his blood. I do not believe there is a right-hand road and if there is it would surely take a dozen active men to look after the readings alone, night and morning. As you are perfectly aware the right is much more tricky than the left, you would be surprised at all the right pitfalls there are. We are only at the beginning of our knowledge of the right, there is nothing more deceptive to the unwary.’

Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman, 158.

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