Nobody: John Fowles And Emily Dickinson Disagree

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I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886

Nobody wants to be a nobody. All our acts are partly devised to fill or to mask the emptiness we feel at the core.

John Fowles 1926-2005

‘The Aristos’ (1964)
The illustration is copyright: Lucasdm via Shutterstock
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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