Such a subtle and evocative idea, likening a faint, indefinable and glorious feeling not to space, but to the thought of it.

‘Aloof and august, He floats in an atmosphere which is still and spellbound and if a presiding mood can be identified, it is one of faint, indefinable and glorious melancholy, like the thought of space.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 246

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