Thursday, March 18, 2021

Quote of the Day (Robert Penn Warren, on How the World is ‘Like an Enormous Spider Web’)

“[T]he world is like an enormous spider web and if you touch it, however lightly, at any point, the vibration ripples to the remotest perimeter and the drowsy spider feels the tingle and is drowsy no more but spring out to fling the gossamer coils about you who have touched the web and then inject the black, numbing poison under your hide. It does not matter whether or not you meant to brush the web of things. Your happy foot or your gay wing may have brushed it ever so lightly, but what happens always happens and there is the spider, bearded black and with his great faceted eyes glittering like mirrors in the sun, or like God's eye, and the fangs dripping.”—American poet-novelist Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), All the King's Men (1946)

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