29 January 2014

High Tide

Aldous Huxley, Two or Three Graces (London: Chatto & Windus, 1929), p. 129:
There was suddenly, so to speak, a high tide within me; along dry, sand-silted, desolate channels of my being life strongly and sparklingly flowed. ... All those whom we find sympathetic exercise, in a greater or lesser degree, this moon-like influence upon us, drawing up the tides of life till they cover what had been, in an antipathetic environment, parched and dead. But there are certain individuals who, by their proximity, raise a higher tide, and in a vastly greater number of souls.