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and even that difference

rust, &c. (5611), 2 November 2018

Our little boat bobbed and wobbled, and I was appalled by the sheer liquidity of the water beneath us. If I stepped over the side, where would my foot rest? Water is almost nothing, after all. It is conspicuously different from air only in its tendency to flood and founder and drown, and even that difference may be relative rather than absolute.
— Ruth, in Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (1980) : 164

3 November 2018
tags: apropos of nothing; dust; non sequitur; rust; Ruth; scribble; usts; water; Marilynne Robinson