A la recherche du temps perdu











"Why does one feel so different at night? Why is it so exciting to be awake when everybody else is asleep? Lateā€”it is very late! And yet every moment you feel more and more wakeful, as though you were slowly, almost with every breath, waking up into a new, wonderful, far more thrilling and exciting world than the daylight one. And what is this queer sensation that you’re a conspirator? Lightly, stealthily you move about your room. You take something off the dressing-table and put it down again without a sound. And everything, even the bed-post, knows you, responds, shares your secret…"
—  Katherine Mansfield, “At the Bay,” in The Garden Party, 1922