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Disinterest And Sensual Thrill...

Posted 10/31/2014 7:17am by Eugene Wyatt.

And when he was tempted to regret that, for months past, he had done nothing but visit Odette, he would assure himself that he was not unreasonable in giving up much of his time to the study of an inestimably precious work of art, cast for once in a new, a different, an especially charming metal, in an unmatched exemplar which he would contemplate at one moment with the humble, spiritual, disinterested mind of an artist, at another with the pride, the selfishness, the sensual thrill of a collector.

Swann in Love Marcel Proust, 1913; translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff, 1922.