From Frederick Exley's A Fan's Notes, 1968:
All Paddy's stay in Avalon Valley had been characterized by that apartness, that singleness of purpose that might indeed reveal him as a man somehow more gifted than other men, a man who might come to truths not given to other men. Paddy knew by then, by my silence, that I wanted to hear. Typically, he made me wait -- wait for what seemed an infinitely long time. When he finally did speak, I felt like an intelligent fin de siecle priest who, having been given a copy of Darwin, sits now staring at the unopened book, not so much fearing that he won't be able to accept the book's truths, as that the great world, which for so long in his mind has looked one way, will, by his simply turning a book cover begin to look a new and totally different way.
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