Peripheries

Charles Rzepka

  • The Puritan-Provincial Vision: Scottish and American Literature in the 19th Century by Susan Manning
    Cambridge, 270 pp, £32.50, May 1990, ISBN 0 521 37237 2

When I was 14, I had a nightmare. I am standing next to a wall, on the outside of a square enclosure. A man is disappearing around the corner. I pursue him, but before I reach the end of the wall, he has already vanished around the next corner. He continues to outdistance me as we walk round the square. As I am about to return to my starting-point, I realise that the man I am pursuing is now walking right behind me. Fearfully, I turn around. What I behold is my own terrified countenance, as in a mirror. Then I wake up.

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