Winter 1970 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 FictionJanuary 1, 1970 |

Watch the Running Wolf

Divine, human, or otherwise, love affairs are peculiar to observe. They receive their directions from an unknown world and perform for us, even when they are our own, from some cunning and outlandish script whose droll author is concerned with an audience alien to this planet. There is the story of a peacock which fell in love with a great turtle; and it followed that no peahen, regardless of her handsomeness, the sweetness of her mien, her congenial disposition, could arouse that wonderful tail. Only the creaking approach of the hideous, moss-covered shell caused its fierce beauty to unfold. And you and I, my sweet, are no more exempt from the tyranny of love's laws than the peacock. One man may love a Dunbarton oak, for example; another, otters; many love power; and a woman may love anything, a mood, a mountain, a rascal a bank account, a pot of geraniums or a whole nation of fools. Regardless of the shape of it, the thing we love is that which causes us to spread our beauties

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