Perhaps they ought to be a bit scared of having unused to or exotic feelings. If their lives have been pretty flat or morally prescribed, a flood of unusual or unexpected emotion can be frightening. I do find that there are some works that I have to prepare myself for, so that I am fresh and alert when I read them, because the emotional load behind the language is potentially intense. In the end it is as Nietzsche said, one cannot get out of a book what is not already present in the structure of one’s being. Book reveal us to ourselves.
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