excerpt | blaming the whiskey

... with a rush of feeling he felt that this must be happiness. as soon as the thought came to him, he fought it back, blaming the whiskey. the very idea was as dangerous as presumptive speech: happiness could not be sought or worried into being, or even fully grasped; it should be allowed its own slow pace so that it passes unnoticed, if it ever comes at all.

mcgahern, j. (2002) that they may face the rising sun

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