This quote has haunted me since I first read Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet about thirty years ago. It is still on my wall in calligraphy. Scobie was a wonderful character.

‘Clea once asked him: “Do you not miss the sea, Scobie?” and the old man replied simply, without hesitation, “Every night I put to sea in my dreams”.’

Source: Lawrence Durrell, Mountolive


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