Tri­umph of the ex­tro­verts

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“Does any­one live a life of quiet despair these days? The ques­tion struck me with some force, one Sun­day evening last sum­mer, when I found my­self on the Leather­head by­pass. These proud de­tached vil­las, still with their net cur­tains and tidy front gar­dens, were ex­actly the sort of houses where peo­ple sighed in Bet­je­man’s poems over miss­ing the fun. Brief En­counter ter­ri­tory. But our mod­ern world is one of clam­our and din. Ev­ery­one is busy shout­ing into their mo­bile phones, or chant­ing the name of Jeremy Cor­byn, or sob­bing on telly be­cause their cake didn’t rise. Ex­tro­verts have taken over. Quiet despair has been all but for­got­ten, like head­scarves or sar­dine-and-tomato paste.”

Cres­sida Con­nolly in The Oldie

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