Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The Stars Aligning Over Venice 


Mathematicians shrug off coincidence as mere probability. I prefer the more romantic or fanciful interpretation of statistics. Where would stories be without coincidence?  Alignment is another way of viewing serendipity or chance. Perhaps it is a reflection on the human desire to 'only connect'. 

Am enjoying The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins in a vintage classic edition - all very dark, ghostly and damp. The Wings of the Dove - Henry James is presently serialised on BBC Radio 4. I've caught atmospheric snatches of it over the last week - a tale of thwarted love and money ... and, I did the laundry today. As did this Venetian collecting the dirty washing from a hotel when I was staying in the city during March. 

Pushing the connection a little? Perhaps.

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