Iris Murdoch and solitude

One of my favorite authors was recently referenced in a monastic text we are reading at table, Margaret Malone’s Living in the House of God.  In the section on solitude, Malone cites a passage from the literary critic John Bayley, describing his marriage to the great novelist Iris Murdoch:

“So married life began.  And the joys of solitude. No contradiction was involved… To feel oneself held and cherished and accompanied, and yet to be alone. To be closely and physically entwined, and yet feel solitude’s friendly presence, as warm and undesolating as contiguity itself.”

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