[percy-l] Does anyone know the souce of these quotes?

Charles Lowry lowry.charles at gmail.com
Mon Oct 11 15:22:13 EDT 2010

The first quotation is indeed from *The Moviegoer*, from Binx's description
of his state of mind on the bus ride to his aunt's house for lunch on the
Wednesday before Ash Wednesday, the onset of the last week of his
twenty-ninth year.  There is additional text in the novel after the first
sentence you quote, and the quotation is completed in the next paragraph.
It is on page 13 of the first edition.  I don't have the ubiquitous
paperback right at hand (there is a contradiction there, isn't there?) so I
don't have a page number, but it will be easy to find.

I have seen the second quotation everywhere but have never seen in more
precisely attributed.  I too am curious.

Chuck Lowry

On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 2:07 PM, Ken Wilson <kfw1 at va.net> wrote:

>  Hello Everyone --
> I'm a longtime subscriber to this list, and an avid Percy reader since the
> early 80's. Upon request I recently sent a friend several of Percy quotes
> for his blog, including:
>  "The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the
> everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the
> search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in
> despair."
> 'We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away."
> I found these online and don't know their source, but he mistakenly thought
> I identified them as coming from The Moviegoer. The first is a central
> Percy theme, obviously, but I don't quite have the time to plow
> through everything Percy wrote or told to an interviewer to find it. Does
> anyone happen to know what these quotes are from?
> If so, thanks in advance,
> Ken
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