Friday, December 24, 2010

Miraculously, his name survives

Christmas Eve. Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic, born on this day in 1822. He wrote:

"Miracles do not happen."

His marriage was a miracle, as far as Sully was concerned, as was the birth of his son. And then when Cutterback drove his car into a tree, crushing the entire passenger side where he, Sully, ought to have been riding, he’d thought more than once: Someone’s watching out for me. But that was so insipid that it had disturbed his conscience to think about it.  --  Chapter 13, The Misforgotten.

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