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What made pursuit? Keep calm…

09 August, 2018

Cartoon by John Sadler

• IN his review of The Inner Level Professor John Sutherland reminds us that the US Declaration of Independence claims for everyone the unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, (Unhappy talk: Spirit Level authors are back, August 2).

The very thought exhausts me! It makes me think of Keats’s “What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape?” I for one would rather, like Wordsworth, find myself unexpectedly “Surprised by joy”.

ROBERT ILSON
Antrim Mansions
Antrim Road, NW3

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