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Author QuotedBrice Parain
Title QuotedMort de Jean Madec
Date (Year/Month/Day)1950/01/09
ImprintParis : Grasset. 1945
QuotationReading the sixth chapter of La Mort de Jean Madec-where Blaise is summoned before the conseil de discipline [disciplinary committee] for having sabotaged all his school work as an experiment in mysticism-I began to tremble and I had to force myself to go on reading. It really frightened me. And that is significant. It was a relief to see the solution and relief, at last, that he settled down to behave. Also the scare reminded me again of Job and his friends. And now it reminds me that perhaps, after all, I am not Job and that the fear of being Job (which is, of course, the desire to be Job) always gets me in trouble.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 396-97
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