His statement to himself should have been “I possess this now, therefore I am happy”

His statement to himself should have been “I possess this now, therefore I am happy” , instead of what it so Victorianly was: “I cannot possess this forever, therefore I am sad.”
— John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman


The image is of  ammonite shaped street lamps in Lyme Regis, where the book is set. The town is famed for its ammonite fossils, and one of the charecters in the book collectes them. Image by MichaelMaggs (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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