: : This smile was more powerful than all the automatons - it was a ray of reality : :

Monday, December 12, 2005


It was the new civilian-military act which saved him. He was like a man who had been for a long time in a swamp, in the dark. It was as though he not only could see no path ahead of him, he knew that there was none. Then suddenly his life opened definite and clear. The wasted years in which he had shown no ability in school, in which he had been known as lazy, recalcitrant, without ambition, were behind him, forgotten. He could now see his life opening before him, uncomplex and inescapable as a barren corridor, completely freed now of ever again having to think or decide, the burden which he now assumed and carried as bright and weightless and martial as his insignatory brass: a sublime and implicit faith in physical courage and blind obedience, and a belief that the white race is superior to any and all other races and that the American is superior to all white men, and that all that the American uniform is superior to all men, and that all that would ever be required of him in payment for this belief, this privilege, would be his own life.

William Faulkner om Percy Grimm, Light of August 1932


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