“And so I became the man that could wriggle out of any prior engagement. Who could spot an invitation coming a mile away and head it off at the pass (...). The man who’d send an email instead of attend a birthday.”
“I could never stand more than three months of dreaming at a time without feeling an irresistible desire to plunge into society. To plunge into society meant to visit my superior at the office... I was overcome by a sort of paralysis; but this was pleasant and good for me. On returning home I deferred for a time my desire to embrace all mankind. ”
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