Is that really that, then? he thought, looking down into the brown slow river. Was he really now disburdened of history as an occupation?_____________________
Maybe the old bookstore would take him back. He really had a lot longer to live. What was he to do?
— John Crowley, The Solitudes (1987)
(Incidentally, The Solitudes was originally published under the title Aegypt. The latter is the title of the four-volume novel of which The Solitudes is the first part. After the completion of the whole, The Solitudes was republished under its current title.)