From “Pincher Martin” – A complete identity

pincher_martinHe cleared his throat as if about to speak in public.

“How can I have a complete identity without a mirror? That is what has changed me. Once I was a man with twenty photographs of myself – myself as this and that with the signature scrawled across the bottom right-hand corner as a stamp and seal. Even when I was in the Navy there was that photograph in my identity card so that every now and then I could look and see who I was. Or perhaps I did not even need to look but was content to wear the card next to my heart, secure in the knowledge that it was there, proof of me in the round.”

William Golding – “Pincher Martin”

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