Proust: Is It Really Like That | Remembrance of Things Pass #155

IS IT REALLY LIKE THAT

“It seemed to me, that they would not be ‘my’ readers but readers of their own selves, my book being merely a sort of magnifying glass like those which the optician at Combray used to offer his customers—it would be my book but with it I would furnish them the means of reading what lay inside themselves. So that I would not ask them to praise me or to censure me, but simply to tell me whether ‘it really is like that.’ Whether the words that they read within themselves are the same as those which I have written.” ― Marcel Proust

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