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Qwert Yuiop helps me here: when I have typed three pages of typescript and a bit over, I know that my allowable quota has been filled. The bulk of the work here presented has been addressed to a European audience, but a certain amount has also been commissioned by American editors. With the increasing unification of the world of western literature and ideas, I do not feel that American readers are likely to dismiss me as an unintelligible foreigner. But it sometimes happens that I refer to persons better known in Europe - or, more specifically, Great Britain - than in the United States.

As we are all solipsists, and all die, the world dies with us. Of course, we suspect that our relicts are going to live on, though we have no proof of it, and there is a possibility, again unprovable, that the sun will heartlessly rise the morning after we have become disposable morphology. Perhaps it is rage at the prospect of our ends that makes us want to extrapolate them onto the swirl of phenomena outside. When I was a small Catholic boy living in the Middle Ages, the end of the world was likely to come any time: I had sinned so much that the Day of Judgement could not be much longer delayed.

But writers are rarely good at understanding their own work, let alone discoursing on it. There are (hose who dream of Shakespeare's suddenly appearing in the classroom (o talk about Troilus and Cressida. One cannot doubt that he would be less than enlightening on it and would recall mostly Burbage's cuts and the audience's indifference - facts interesting in themselves but not useful lor term papers. If the writer is to be on the campus at all - and many American universities in their kindly wisdom understand this - it should be with the investment of a sinecure that subvents his writing.

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