Sunday, 13 January 2013

Horreur du vide

 Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris (16.01.12)
The appearance of the Dirschauer Bridge, where the curve had a wide span, was an uncomfortable experience; during the times he had to cross it, a great feeling of anxiety overcame him, combined with the fear that he could become insane and would jump over the bridge during such a condition.’
(Westphal 1988: 71-72 [1871]).
I have such a dread of crossing a long bridge on foot that it would require more courage for me to walk to the part of my town situated across the river than it would to face a nest of Boche machine guns.
(Vincent 1919: 299).