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27 Elasticity

                              The unseen competitor is that
                    intangible "competency" which must be achieved
                    and every hour, life seems to have no other wish than to prove there is no time or space É                     And I would still adore you,

                    again and again. Whatever it is, bad weather or good, the loss of a friend, sickness,                     slander, the failure of some letter to arrive, the spraining of an ankle, a glance into a                     shop, a counter-
                    argument, the opening of a book, a dream, a fraud-

                                                                                                                                       opti-
                    mism naturally does not stand without an ultimate disavowal.

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