Unendurable Gambling: Rebecca West

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The only people who can endure gambling are those who have a special neurosis on the subject…or people who have said ‘No’ to the universe, who do not want to find out about things. If one has said ‘Yes’, time spent in a casino is time given to death, a foretaste of the hour when one’s flesh will be diverted to the purposes of the worm and not the will.

Rebecca West

Rebecca West: Artist and Thinker by Peter Wolfe
Rebecca West

Rebecca West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I find this remark by Rebecca West fascinating, not because I share her view of casinos (although, after once regarding an evening at the roulette table trailing after my gambling grandmother  as not altogether unpleasurable, I have changed my mind in old age).

No, what I find fascinating is why the highly intellectual Rebecca West should write about casinos at all….

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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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