Speakable and unspeakable

It is a strange thing to look into someone else’s journal, as close as one comes to entering another person’s consciousness with all of its contents, spoken and unspoken, speakable and unspeakable. Paolo hesitated as most people would; our presumption is that such things are very narrowly private, the journaler’s own and only the journaler’s.

Think of the girl’s diary with its emphatic little clasp.

The Italian Novel


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