To him, I think, the idea of consequence was always an afterthought. He did not expect consequences, he discovered them. When he could, he laughed them away. When they pressed in through his laughter, he shut his mouth and bore them. What he had done was his fate, and so he bore it.
“Works of art participate in our lives: we are not just distant observers of their lives. They are in conversation among themselves and with us. This is part of the description of human life; we do the way we do partly because of things that have been said to us by works of art, and because of things that we have said in reply.”