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make the man yield just when (had he but known it) relief was almost in sight.
I do not know whether he is likely to meet the girl under conditions of strain or not. If he does, make full use of the fact
that up to a certain point, fatigue makes women talk more and men talk less. Much secret resentment, even between
lovers, can be raised from this.
Probably the scenes he is now witnessing will not provide material for an intellectual attack on his faith—your previous
failures have put that out of your power. But there is a sort of attack on the emotions which can still be tried. It turns on
making him feel, when first he sees human remains plastered on a wall, that this is "what the world is really like" and
that all his religion has been a fantasy. You will
notice that we have got them completely fogged about the meaning of the word "real"'. They tell each other, of some
great spiritual experience, "All that really happened was that you heard some music in a lighted building"; here "Real"
means the bare physical facts, separated from the other elements in the experience they actually had. On the other hand,
they will also say "It's all very well discussing that high dive as you sit here in an armchair, but wait till you get up there
and see what it's really like": here "real" is being used in the opposite sense to mean, not the physical facts (which they
know already while discussing the matter in armchairs) but the emotional effect those facts will have on a human
consciousness. Either application of the word could be defended; but our business is to keep the two going at once so
that the emotional value of the word "real" can be placed now on one side of the account, now on the other, as it
happens to suit us. The general rule which we have now pretty well established among them is that in all experiences
which can make them happier or better only the physical facts are "Real" while the spiritual elements are "subjective";
in all experiences which can discourage or corrupt them the spiritual elements are the main reality and to ignore them is
to be an escapist. Thus in birth the blood and pain are "real", the rejoicing a mere subjective point of view; in death, the
terror and ugliness reveal what death "really means". The hatefulness of a hated person is "real"—in hatred you see men
as they are, you are disillusioned; but the loveliness of a loved person is merely a subjective haze concealing a "real"
core of sexual appetite or economic association. Wars and poverty are "really" horrible; peace and plenty are mere
physical facts about which men happen to have certain sentiments. The creatures are always accusing one another of
wanting "to cat the cake and have it"; but thanks to our labours they are more often in the predicament of paying for the
cake and not eating it....
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- Spring '07