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  • "'How long have I been here?'

    His voice was unrecognizable. She must have understood him anyway.

    'Eight days.'

    'Bring me my clothes,' he said. 'I've got to get up and leave. I'm the only one who can find her.'

    'You just relax,' she said. "Or we'll strap you down. You should be glad that you're even alive.'

    She put a clip on his finger; attached to the clip was a cord connected to the other screen.

    'A pulse oximeter,' she said. 'Measures oxygen saturation in the blood.'

    'A telephone?' he whispered.

    She shook her head. More electrodes were placed on his chest.

    'A scope,' she said. 'Monitors heart functions.'

    He felt his consciousness fading.

    'Gandhi,' he said, 'continued to sleep beside naked women. After he made a vow of chastity. To test his sexual continence. Would you be interested?'"

    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 19, 2008

  • In later life, Gandhi was plagued by bunions from having gone barefoot for decades. Years of hungerstrikes had left him skinny, with the bad breath that accompanies ketosis, prone to religious hallucinations.

    Yes, you could say he was a supper-callused fragile mystic, hexed by halitosis.

    April 12, 2008