Proust: ‘Touching Obstinacy’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
May 7th Part #97


“You know Balbec so well – do you have friends in the area?”
‘I have friends wherever there are companies of trees, wounded but not vanquished, which huddle together with touching obstinacy to implore an inclement and pitiless sky.’
“That is not what I meant,” interrupted my father, as obstinate as the trees and as pitiless as the sky.

― Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way
ghost of proust at grave