"Really patriotism like yours is sin!" he exclaimed once, many weeks later, when the experience of obtaining an uncoloured judgement had been more than usually exasperating. "All I want you to see is that most people's actions are an expression of self interest, and you constantly oppose to this the idea that a certain race are all angels. Ignorance so determined is wickedness."
On Junichiro Tanizaki's The Maids
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